Fan violence is something that is too common in sports. There have been some detrimental occurrences in recent years that have really put a damper on what it means to be fans of rival teams. There is no question every fan should feel safe in any stadium no matter what team colors they decide to wear proudly. Unfortunately, that is not what happened after the New York Jets upset win over the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
A fan wearing a Jets Wayne Chrebet jersey was caught on video punching a woman in the face. Obviously, this kind of behavior is unacceptable no matter what the circumstances are. However, the fact that the woman was wearing a Patriots shirt just adds fuel to the fiery topic that is fan violence.
It is unknown exactly what caused the confrontation. However, it is clear in the video that the woman stepped into the man’s space and attempts to push him. Before she could get to the point of the push, the man responded with a punch to her face. Thankfully, numerous bystanders stepped in to break up the altercation before anyone was seriously injured.
“We are aware of the situation and we do not tolerate that behavior,” a Jets spokesman said, according to the New York Daily News. “Parties involved were detained and this matter is now in the hands of the New Jersey State Police.”
Whatever the reason was behind the fight is irrelevant. Yes, the information is obviously important for the police to know in order to get to the bottom of the investigation. However, it does not matter why the woman wanted to push the man. All that matters is what occurred afterwards.
Fan violence must be put in the past no matter what the sport is. It is every person’s duty to make sure they have respect for their fellow fans, regardless of what team a person cheers for on game day. If I, being a fan of the Green Bay Packers, can go into Soldier Field and have Chicago Bears fans treat me with courtesy, then it should be able to happen anywhere.