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January 6, 2024

In 1989, a Fan’s Sex Life Ruined by Rod Stewart’s Soccer Ball

Some guys have all the luck, while others end up in court, and getting divorced, after their wives have a tendon ruptured by a soccer ball Rod Stewart sent flying into the audience at one of his shows.

On November 13, 1990, Rod Stewart was sued by Patricia Boughton for allegedly kicking a soccer ball into the audience during a 1989 concert in Clarkston, MI that ruptured a tendon in her middle finger and as a result, the injury made sex between her and her husband difficult.

Boughton’s distress was shared by her husband Stephen, who added his own claim of “loss of companionship” to the lawsuit, telling reporters that after the injury, it was “very difficult” for the couple to “get into sexual activity.” As he put it, “If she hit that hand on something, it was all over.”

The Boughtons, who ended up divorcing, ultimately settled for a $17,000 judgment, less than the $75,000 they were originally seeking.

However, Stewart did’t stop kicking balls at his concerts, and the injuries continued. At a 2002 concert, a man suffered a broken little finger after shielding his face from one of Stewart’s balls. And another fan had his nose broken when it was hit by a soccer ball at a 2012 concert in Las Vegas.

In 2022, Stewart struck one of his own associates in the face with a soccer ball during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. “It broke his glasses. He’s still having operations. It was very upsetting for both of us,” the singer relayed months later, adding that he jokingly told his friend, “You’ve got to keep your eye on the ball in all sports, mate.”

It wasn’t until May 2023 that Stewart finally decided to stop his soccer antics, however not without compromise. The singer now enlists the female members of his band to softly throw balls into the audience, believing that they are less likely to hurt anybody.


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