Bevo Lawsuit May Face Long Odds

A former Austin American-Statesman photographer has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the owners and handlers of the University of Texas’s longhorn mascot Bevo. The lawsuit stems from a confrontation before the 2019 Sugar Bowl between Bevo and University of Georgia’s bulldog mascot Uga. The photographer is seeking compensation of up to $1 million because of a “permanent injury” to his back suffered during the brief skirmish, alleging that Bevo’s handlers failed to properly control the 1,700-pound beast. But the lawsuit may face a bum steer in court, according to one prominent Texas attorney.

“Texas law has broad protections for owners of farm animals, which would include longhorn steers,” says Houston attorney Derek Potts of the Potts Law Firm. “The plaintiff in this case chose to go to the area where the animal was and arguably assumed the risk for any injury resulting from the behavior of Bevo.  In my opinion it looks like an uphill battle for the plaintiff.”

The named defendants in the lawsuit are John and Betty Baker, Bevo’s actual owners, and the Silver Spurs Alumni Association, the group assigned to the longhorn’s day-to-day care.

To speak with Mr. Potts about the case and personal injury law in Texas, please contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or

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