FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis confirmed Monday that he's being sued by a Seattle Seahawks fan claiming physical and emotional pain from being hit with a chunk of snow thrown two years ago by Ellis.
"I woke up this morning and somebody texted me," Ellis told reporters, explaining how he learned of the lawsuit. "I was like, 'OK, cool.' I guess the statute of limitations [hasn't run out] ... I don't know."
Ellis declined additional comment on the pending legal matter, except to say, "I mean, anytime you go into a [legal] situation like that you're definitely concerned. It's two years removed. I have to let the courts handle it and see what happens from there."
The incident occurred moments after the Jets lost to the Seahawks, Dec. 21, 2008, in Seattle. As they came off the field toward the locker room, Jets players were pelted with snowballs from fans. Ellis picked up a chunk of snow or ice and heaved it into the crowd.
According to the lawsuit, the snow block hit a man named Robert Larson, TMZ.com reported. The scene was captured by another fan on video and posted on YouTube. In the video, a fan in a football jersey is taunting Jets players with a sign. The fan, presumably Larson, catches the snow block and holds it above his head in triumphant fashion.
Ellis was fined $10,000 by the league for the incident.
In the lawsuit, Larson, a Seahawks season-ticket holder, doesn't specify how much money he's seeking in damages. He claims he suffered physical injury, humiliation, mental distress, pain and wage loss, according to TMZ.