Chief of Naval Operations
'Wheel' of misfortune
Beware this man!
Pat Sajak's leap spurs suit by contestant
Contestant Will Wright had just won $48,400 and the "Wheel of Fortune" audience was cheering with abandon in a District of Columbia auditorium where the show was being taped. Suddenly, Wright says, host Pat Sajak leapt at his body and wrapped his arms and legs around him.
Sajak's mid-air bear hug that October 2000 night at Constitution Hall was edited out of the broadcast for television viewers at home, Wright says. But Wright, who is no longer in the market for a vowel, remembers it well. This week, the 38-year-old puzzle-guessing champion from Lorton, Va., filed a $2 million lawsuit against the show's producers over the back injuries he says he suffered from Sajak's moment of unbridled enthusiasm.
"I stick out my hand thinking he's going to shake it," Wright recalls. "Instead he jumps onto me, with his legs and arms ... All I remember thinking was: 'This is Pat Sajak. Don't drop Pat Sajak.' "
Wright, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 153 pounds, said he nearly buckled under Sajak's full-weight embrace. And, having won nearly a year's salary by solving three word puzzles and receiving a warm embrace from letter-turner Vanna White, Wright said he began to feel sharp pains in his back within minutes after the show wrapped.
Since then, the father of two and computer circuit designer says he has had back surgery and months of pain and rehabilitation, which he contends the producers of "Wheel of Fortune," Sony Pictures Entertainment, should be forced to pay for.
Bet if it was Vanna White jumping on him, he wouldn't have complained.
Re: 'Wheel' of misfortune
Originally posted by sbp
But Wright, who is no longer in the market for a vowel, remembers it well.
that kinda sucks, for both of them. sajak was probably just being cheerful, and the other guy...well, poor other guy "won nearly a year's salary".