UPDATE: CEO Let Go After Being Caught Abusing a Dog

Centerplate bigshot makes apologies after a video of him kicking a dog in an elevator surfaced on YouTube.

By | Posted: September 8, 2014, 10 a.m. PST

Update: Des Hague is no longer with Centerplate as a result of his actions. The company told Fortune, "Centerplate's board of directors announced today that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Desmond Hague from the company. The decision comes as a result of Hague's personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care."

It's amazing what people do, when they think they are not being watched.

Des Hague, CEO of major sport concessions company, Centerplate, is under fire as he was caught on an elevator camera repeatedly kicking a  dog and pulling him harshly with the leash.

Please Note: This video involves violence to dogs which we in no way condone and may be difficult to watch. I've chosen to include the news version of the video instead of the original as it does not display the full violence.   


Hague has issued an apology after the surveillance video surfaced and went viral on YouTube. Hague explained that the act was "completely and utterly out of character" and released the following statement: "I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed a minor frustration with a friend's pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response. I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them."

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Centerplate, a Connecticut company that supplies concessions for major sports and entertainment arenas including Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Superdome in New Orleans, the new Levi's Stadium in San Francisco and Notre Dame. was quick to act as well letting the public know that Hague will be attending anger management classes, donating $100,000 to the Safe Foundation and will serve 1,000 hours of community service to an animal protection agency. Additionally they released this statement:

"Mr. Hague has agreed to attend counseling to address his anger management issues and has publicly expressed he is deeply ashamed and remorseful for his behavior. He has apologized to everyone directly involved as well as to the company's clients and employees, and has pledged a significant, personal, multiyear financial commitment to help support the protection and safety of animals."

In an article from Fortune magazine, the 49ers whose new stadium is supplied by Centerplate shared a statement saying that the organization, "condemns the abuse of animals and was disturbed to learn of the recent news regarding Des Hague. We believe his actions are not reflective of the efforts and service provided by the hundreds of Centerplate employees working to present our fans with a tremendous experience at Levi’s Stadium.”

Hague who lives in Canada, faces potential criminal charges in Vancouver as well as the disapproval of animal lovers.

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joleen   colorado springs, Colorado

9/4/2014 2:53:26 PM

he needs to be kicked himself! should be forbidden to have or be around dogs, you can tell from video that the dog faers him so this is not the first time he abused it!

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