FILE - This file photo released by the Detroit Police Department shows Jaylon Kerley, who was fired from his job as a food vendor at the Detroit Tigers' baseball stadium after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza. Kerley was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, to 18 months of probation. (Detroit Police Department via AP, File)

Detroit stadium worker gets probation for spitting on pizza

November 15, 2018 - 10:04 am

DETROIT (AP) — A food service worker at the Detroit Tigers' stadium who was fired after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Twenty-one-year-old Jaylon Kerley also was ordered Thursday to take an anger management class and to not work around food while he serves his probation. He earlier pleaded guilty to one felony count and one misdemeanor count of food law violations.

Kerley didn't comment during Thursday's hearing. His lawyer, Carla Marable, says Kerley was "very remorseful."

Officials determined that video posted on Instagram was recorded Sept. 21 during the Tigers' game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. The pizza was apparently intended for a customer. Tests later showed that Kerley didn't have communicable diseases.

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