Gwynn Family Files Tobacco Lawsuit
Yesterday, the family of the late great Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against tobacco companies two years after the legendary San Diego Padre passed away.
"The tobacco companies were using his addiction to turn him into their ultimate walking billboard," Gwynn Jr. told the Times. "He never knew it, but they were using him to promote their dip to the next generation of kids and fans who idolized him."
Gwynn passed of salivary gland cancer in 2014. At the time, he was coach of one of college baseball's powerhouse's in San Diego State University.
"Now that the family understands how he was targeted, they understand that the industry knew they had this highly carcinogenic product and they were marketing it to people like Tony," David S. Casey, lawyer for the family said. "They want to hold them accountable and let a jury make a decision as to what is proper in this case."
Gwynn was a 15-time All-Star and led the league in batting eight times. His .338 career batting average is one of the best in baseball history and he is also a member of of the 3,000 hit club.