I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on National TV…..words I never imagined saying! This happened last Sunday and I have been reluctant to post but starting to receive inquiries from concerned family and friends. I am thankful to God that the double sided blade only hit broadside on the outer elbow with significant impact and a couple of cuts as it fell along my wrist. It could have been much worse or fatal. Focusing on full physical and emotional recovery.
Posted by Jeff Prosperie on Saturday, June 20, 2015
A West Point drummer with The Hellcats is suing Fox and Friends after he got the ax, literally!
Jeff Prosperie is the lead drummer of the Hellcats, a band that serves the United States Army.
During a Flag Day segment in 2015, Jeff and three other drummers were positioned behind a wall that was being used as a target for ax throwing. While performing his solo, Jeff was hit with an ax thrown by Fox and Friends’ cohost, Pete Hegseth, who also served as an infantry officer in Iraq and Cuba.
Reports from the San Diego Union Tribune suggest that earlier this week a complaint was filled accusing Fox News, “Fox & Friends”, Pete and others for “reckless disregard for the safety of others.”
According to Prosperie, the executives from Fox News instructed the Hellcats to stand behind the wall and Hegseth was not properly trained to throw the ax. While it hasn’t been confirmed if Hegseth had undergone any training prior to the segment, in the video he scowls and cringes as the ax leaves his hands in the realization of his mistake.
Prosperie posted on Facebook days after the incident saying, “My leadership told me they were told there would be no ax throwing. I think the anchor person went rogue and decided to throw it.” Then he goes on to thank God that the “double sided blade only hit broadside on the outer elbow with significant impact and a couple of cuts as it fell along my wrist.”