Pukemon Gets Put Behind Bars

Tearful NJ man given 30 to 90 days for puking on fellow fans

Friday, Jul 30, 2010  |  Updated 1:27 PM EDT
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Phillies Puker Pleads Guilty to Assault

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Matthew Clemmens, a.k.a. Pukemon, helped put a black eye on Phillies fans.

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The Phillies fan known as Pukemon after admittedly vomited on an off-duty cop and his daughter was sent to jail Friday.

A Family Court judge sentenced Matthew Clemmens to 30 to 90 days in jail, two years of probation and 50 hours of community service at Citizens Bank Park.

He would specifically need to clean up toilets and trash at CBP, according to the Delco Times.

Clemmens made a tearful plea to avoid landing behind bars but the judge still sentenced the 21-year-old to up to three months behind bars, said the Delco Times. The judge could have slammed Clemmens with a two-year sentence.

Members of Clemmens family told Judge Kevin Dougherty that Clemmens was a good person who made one uncharacteristically bad mistake. Dougherty said he believed Gary Clemmens was sincere in his apology for his son's behavior, but said the defendant's apology was "feigned."

The Cherry Hill, N.J. native pleaded guilty in May to charges of assault, harassment and disorderly conduct for vomiting on another spectator and his 11-year-old daughter in the stands during an April Phillies home game.

Clemmens admitted he stuck his fingers down his throat and vomited on Michael Vangelo, an off-duty Easton police captain, and one of Vangelo's daughters at a Phillies-Nationals game at Citizens Bank Park.

Clemmens positioned himself behind the 11-year-old's chair, stuck his fingers down his throat and vomited on the girl and her father, police said.

"He leaned forward, he projectile vomited all over me and my daughter," Vangelo said at the time.

The judge also ruled that Clemmens must pay Vangelo $315 to cover the cost of taking his family of five to the ballgame where the incident happened.

Clemmens' attorney has said his client has had no prior run-ins with the law and his behavior, which outraged fans in Philadelphia and beyond, was out of character.

His actions were one of a handful of black eyes for unruly Phillies fans this season including the tased teenager and beer-drinking baby. Clemmens’ actions also earned him the nickname Pukemon and his black-eyed mug shot was pasted all over the web as the latest example of bad Philly sports fan behavior.


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