FACT CHECK: Was baseball player Adam LaRoche attacked by a mountain lion?
Claim: Baseball player Adam LaRoche was attacked by a mountain lion.
Example: [Collected via email, August 2015]
Was adam laroche attacked by a mountain lion? It is being posted that he was attacked by a mountain lion 2 weeks after killing one on a trip – I cannot find any proof of said attack
Origins: In August 2015, an image purportedly showing baseball player Adam LaRoche in a hospital after being attacked by a mountain lion started recirculating on Facebook.
The image was originally created in response to a photograph of LaRoche with a dead mountain lion over his shoulders:
While it’s true that LaRoche killed a mountain lion during a bow hunt in 2014, the lioness did not “get revenge” on the baseball player.
It’s true that the photograph at the top of this article shows a victim of a mountain lion attack, but the man pictured is not baseball player Adam LaRoche. The image actually shows Jim Hamm, a hiker who was attacked by a mountain lion at Prairie Creek Redwords State Park in California in January 2007.
Last updated: 10 August 2015
Originally published: 10 August 2015