Weiers had previously agreed to be tased at the event if he was able to raise $10,000 for the 100 Club of Arizona, which raises money for first responders. The donors were not revealed by Glendale, but a crowdfunding effort had been organized by Coyotes fans. One fan told 12News that although many donors helped reach the $10,000 goal, one donated “several thousand” dollars at the end of the fundraising.
The woman who pulled the trigger on the stun gun was Ronda Pearson, who became a popular viral figure after video of her rant against Mayor Weiers at a Glendale City Council meeting on Wednesday hit the Internet.
12News reported that Mayor Weiers was checked before and after he was tased to ensure he was in good health.
Tensions between Glendale and Coyotes fans had been high since the City Council terminated the franchise’s lease agreement for Gila River Arena at Wednesday’s meeting.
The special meeting was called by the City Council, which believes the Coyotes’ ownership group, IceArizona, breached the terms of the lease agreement by using money from the city to pay down debt incurred when the group purchased the Coyotes in 2013. The 15-year, $225 million lease agreement included $15 million in management fees paid by Glendale to IceArizona.
In a statement released after the lease agreement was terminated, Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said the franchise would “exhaust any and all legal remedies against the city of Glendale for this blatant violation of its contractual obligations to us.”
On Friday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge granted the Coyotes’ request for a temporary injunction that would prevent Glendale from voiding the agreement. Another hearing on the dispute was set for June 29.
- Mike Fiammetta