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Cardinals fan ejected from game after handing teen son a beer

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A man was kicked out of the Cardinals game this weekend after handing a beer to his teenage son to hold while he took a photo. He was ejected, but officials say not for the beer, but for his behavior.

Investigators from the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control were at the game to enforce underage drinking laws.

When they confronted the man, they say he started belittling officers and cursing at them.

While the liquor board says the incident is resolved now, the man who was ejected says he's contacted an attorney.

Someone was ejected during the Cards game at University of Phoenix Stadium Saturday, but it wasn't a player, it was fan John Coulter who was kicked out.

"I thought it was a joke at first. When I quickly learned that it wasn't I was more perplexed than anything else. I would describe my demeanor as incredulous," says John Coulter.

But investigators with the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control say coulter became belligerent when they questioned him about why he handed his 15-year-old son a beer -- even if it was just so he could take a quick photo.

"They were removed from the premise not because Mr. Coulter allowed his son to hold a beer. It's because Mr. Coulter became verbally abusive, used profanity and became abusive on the premise," says Sgt. Wes Kuhl, Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

"That's just not true. Nobody would construe my conduct as being aggressive in any way shape or form."

Coulter questions the timing of the report. The incident happened Saturday, but the report was written Wednesday, and signed off by a supervisor Thursday. The liquor board says the officers had been on regular scheduled days off until Wednesday and they felt, even though there were no arrests, it was important to document the facts to respond to public requests for information.

Investigators admit they did not think Coulter was giving his son beer to drink. Despite the incident and subsequent ejection, no one was cited or arrested.

"If Mr. Coulter wouldn't have escalated the situation we believe he would have been able to stay at the game and watch the game with his son," says Sgt. Kuhl.

Coulter was ejected for the day but can go back, and says he plans to, saying he's been going to games for 15 years.

The state liquor board says it has no plans to get video from the University of Phoenix Stadium. A stadium spokesperson told us they don't even have video of the incident.

It considers the case resolved -- it says no further action will be taken. Coulter says he's looking to pursue a defamation case.



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