(The Olive) I believe all NFL games have some not so positive fan interactions. This is expected and to a point is tolerable, but there is, or there should be a limit. The outrageous behavior that is allowed to happen; even indirectly encouraged at the Philadelphia Eagles stadium is indicative of what is wrong in general in our culture, and in the NFL in particular.
The Eagles played the Vikings at home in Philadelphia for the NFC Championship on January 21st. The atrocious behaviors committed by the Eagles fans towards Viking fans that dared to wear their jerseys were unconscionable.
Talk show host Joel Heitkamp attended the championship game with his wife and two other family members. Needless to say, they will never go back.
Joel and his family were subjected to abuse in the stadium; yes I said abuse. Full cans of beer were thrown at them, beer bottles were thrown at them, and they were shoved. A drunken Eagles fan shoved Joel and head-butted him. Joel and family were spat on; another fan was beaten in a stadium restroom.
Where you ask were the police or stadium security while all these violent altercations were occurring? Why they were right there and ignored what was happening or merely said, “keep moving”. The prevailing attitude in Philadelphia is – that’s just the way it is. In other words, suck it up buttercup.
Those whiny Vikings fans and their sour grapes – why, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. I mean really, what do these fans have to complain about? Being pushed and shoved is all in fun right? What’s a beer bottle thrown at your head but good clean fun. And fans being beaten, well they wore the Viking’s jersey, they had it coming right? Oh, and women that were groped, that was just a little innocent horseplay.
The Eagles fans that committed these horrendous acts should be charged with assault. A season ticket holder that did anything like the above should lose their tickets. The police that ignored these behaviors? They should be suspended pending an investigation. No officer of the law should ignore these types of behavior, ever. Any officer that was at that game, or any other game and witnessed violent behavior and shrugged it off as no big deal should be ashamed of the disgrace they bring upon the badge they wear.
What about Roger Goodell? Why does he allow this kind of behavior to occur? This is not new, Philadelphia has been known for this wretched behavior for some time now. Why do the Eagles owners not step in and put a stop to this reprehensible behavior?
This goes way beyond some off-color comments. Apparently in Roger Goodell’s NFL, disrespecting the American flag, fans beating up other fans, acting in a violent manner – it’s all good.
I can tell you this – if one acts like a thug in Lambeau Field and you are caught, you WILL be removed from the stadium, possibly arrested, and if you are a season ticket holder, well kiss your tickets goodbye. ALL stadiums without fail should adhere to the same policy. Violence of any kind should in no way be tolerated.
Roger Goodell contact info:
National Football League
280 Park Avenue
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Thanks to Jerry Bader (The Jerry Bader Show) for alerting us to this story.
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