Fox News is wrong about Master Sergeant Jeff Prosperie, who was hit by an axe while drumming with the Hellcats

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  • Master Sergeant Jeff Prosperie (Photo provided)

  • The West Point Hellcats (Photo provided)

Editor's note: Sobo & Sobo, the firm that filed suit regarding the axe throwing case that hit the West Point drummer, submitted this letter on June 15. The letter is followed by background the firm has provided on the case:

To the Editor:

We have recently been informed of the public statement made by Fox News, which contains some inaccuracies. First, while Mr. Prospersie did decline a Fox News request for an ambulance, he did so because he preferred to seek immediate medical treatment with the experts at West Point. FOX further claims that they have not had contact with Mr. Prosperie since 2015. This is also unequivocally false. We are in possession of correspondence from FOX dated over a year after the incident, which indicates they were aware of Mr. Prosperie’s treatment as a result of their negligence. Let me be clear, our office does not intend to fight this case in the media. We will litigate this case in the court system where it belongs. However, we will continue to correct inaccuracies if they are perpetuated by the defendants.”

Brandon Cotter

Sobo and Sobo, LLP


On June 12, Sobo and Sobo filed a claim in New York Supreme Court on behalf of their client Jeff Prosperie against Fox and Friends co-host Pete Hegseth, who threw an axe during a broadcast and hit the unsuspecting West Point Drummer. The network and a Fox and Friends producer are also named in the lawsuit.

Master Sergeant Jeff Prosperie is a member of The Hellcats West Point Band. The Hellcats are the Army’s first and only remaining field music group. Their heritage can be traced to the American Revolution when George Washington, then General Washington established the garrison of West Point and appointed a drummer and fifer for signaling in camp. Today, the Hellcats are made up of only the most technically-proficient musicians who are selected after going through a rigorous audition process. Master Sgt. Prosperie is no exception.

A World Snare Drum Champion, and the only individual to capture the “triple crown” of solo competition, he currently serves as the section leader and principal drummer for the Hellcats as well as frequently performing with other West Point Bands and Ensembles. The Master Sgt. is proud of the nearly 12 years of service he has devoted to the Hellcats, is eager to continue offering his unique skill as a precision drummer and looks forward to continuing to perform at the high level that is expected of him.

In 2015, the Hellcats were taping commercial bumps to help the network commemorate the Army’s 240 Birthday and Flag Day when the co-anchor “negligently attempted to throw an axe at a ‘target'” during the taping.” The axe flew over the target and hit Master Sgt. Prosperie on the arm. A now viral video was posted on social media capturing the incident from two different perspectives. You first see the Fox and Friends segment where the axe sails over the target and then from a different angle (captured in a cell phone video) you see the axe hitting Prosperie on the arm.

Greg Sobo, managing attorney for the Law Firm of Sobo and Sobo wants people to heed a message that his firm has stood by for over 50 years, before you act: stop and consider safety first. “So many tragic accidents can be prevented when we take only a few moments to consider our actions.” Sobo continued. “In this case, a good man’s life will be forever changed because of a failure to stop and take a moment to consider safety. We are proud to stand with the injured.”

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