Buccaneers accidentally serve fan colored water instead of alcohol

Wednesday November 26th, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be in trouble after a fan was served colored water out of a liquor bottle after ordering shots at a bar in Raymond James Stadium.

WFLA-8's Steve Andrews reports that the incident occurred during the Buccaneers' Nov. 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons, when Troy Sykes was in the Ray Jay Bar at the stadium and ordered some shots of tequila but instead was given water poured from a bottle behind the bar.

"The ladies next to us were drinking Cuervo, and we asked for a couple of shots of Cuervo. When they gave them to us, we took them and they were colored water. That's all it was," Sykes said.

Sykes then used his cell phone to record his ensuing conversation with the bar manager, who explained that the bottles used to decorate the bar were actually filled with water, and he was served from a decorative bottle by mistake.

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While the team's vendor Aramark may have made an honest mistake, WFLA reports that it is illegal to fill a branded bottle with water in Florida and the stadium could face sanctions for the practice.

Sykes was immediately refunded his money but says he is disappointed by the episode.

"You've got 100,000 people in that stadium or 60,000 people in there, if they want to drink they should be able to drink, get what they pay for," he said. "Also, from what I understand, because I am a Dolphins fans, to see the Bucs play, you have to have a lot of alcohol in your system."

It was alleged earlier this season that the Seattle Seahawks had been serving watered down beer to fans.

Brendan Maloy

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