15 Instances of Sports Fans Going Way Too Far
15 Instances of Sports Fans Going Way Too Far
Being a passionate fan is one thing, which I’m sure everyone knows way too much about, but it is another to take situations into one’s own hands. There are too many instances that take place in several countries all over the world that involve fans going way too far. At this point, the best thing to do is learn from other’s mistakes and move on.
Whether it is soccer fans rioting at a match and injuring players, fans rioting in a city after a big loss or simply treating opponents with disrespect, there simply is no reason for incidents to get out of control. Fans are spectators and nothing more. Sure, some fans feel that they are entitled to more than they actually are because they spent a lot of money on tickets. The reality is fans should feel fortunate enough to take in a game in person and just leave it at that.
One thing I learned from putting together this slideshow is that fans in Philadelphia really need to pull it together. I’m not saying all fans in Philly are the same, but there have definitely been too many instances over the years that have not put them in a good light. Hopefully, all unfortunate incidents are behind the people who call the City of Brotherly Love their home.
Make sure to click through the slideshow to see 15 instances of sports fans going way too far. Also, make sure to comment below if there is anything not on the slideshow that you think belongs on the list.
15. Eagles’ Fans Boo Santa Claus
It’s certainly not the worst incident regarding fans but I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty sight when Santa Claus got booed by Philadelphia Eagles’ fans. In 1968, the Eagles finished with just two wins. The organization felt that Santa Clause could cheer up the loyal fans at halftime, but unfortunately, the fans decided to boo and throw snowballs at Kris Kringle instead.
13. Snowball Fight Gone Wrong
When snowball fights go wrong. In 1995, the New York Giants lost to the San Diego Chargers in the team’s last game of the season. Giants’ fans were so outraged by the loss that they decided the best way to get even was to throw snowballs at the Chargers. Unfortunately, one of the snowballs, rather an ice ball, hit equipment manager Sid Brooks directly in the head and knocked him unconscious.
12. Dad Drops Daughter to Catch Foul Ball
A Los Angeles Dodgers fan who wanted to catch a foul ball decided he could only do it if he dropped his daughter first. It wasn’t a pretty sight as parents all around gave glaring looks. Check out the video below to see it unfold.
11. Fan Throws Drink at Ron Artest
The Malice at the Palace is one of the greatest player-fan brawls in the history of sports. I still remember to this day watching it all unfold on television. The crazy part about the entire fight is it never would have happened if a fan didn’t throw a drink at Ron Artest, who was lying down on the scorer’s table in a calm manner. Of course, we all know what happened after that.
10. Eagles’ Fans Cheer Michael Irvin Injury
Oh look, Eagles’ fans again. This time instead of booing Santa Claus, they decided to cheer Michael Irvin’s serious spine injury that ended his career.
9. Tie Domi Fights Crazed Fan
This is a classic incident when an opposing fan jumps over the glass into the penalty box in an attempt to fight the player of another team. Unfortunately, being stuck in a box with Tie Domi is something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
8. Duke Fans Chant Insensitive Remark
North Carolina State guard Tyler Lewis’ grandmother passed away prior to a game against Duke. He had a hard time dealing with it because the two were said to be very close. It certainly didn’t get any easier when the Duke fans continued to chant insensitive remarks, such as “How’s your grandma?” throughout the game.
7. Toronto Fan’s Ridiculous Sign
“Boston Strong” was used by Boston fans during games after the horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon took place that killed three people and injured 264 others. For whatever reason, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan decided to use a sign that read “Toronto Stronger” to taunt Boston Bruins fans during a playoff game in 2013. To say the least, fans in Boston and around the country weren’t pleased.
6. Fan Starts Fight with Chad Kreuter
The bullpens at Wrigley Field are located along the baselines right next to the fans. It’s a unique experience to be that close to the players. Unfortunately, it was that closeness that caused all sorts of problems for the Los Angeles Dodgers and reliever Chad Kreuter in 2000. Chicago Cubs fan Josh Pulliam decided to pull off Kreuter’s hat, punch him in the back of the head and run off into the crowd. Naturally, the Dodgers were not pleased and a brawl with the fans began. Several fans were ejected, while 16 players and three coaches were forced to serve suspensions.
5. Vancouver Fans Riot
After the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in the 2011 Stanly Cup Finals, a riot broke out in the city of Vancouver after fans were disgusted with the team’s loss. There were 140 people injured, four people stabbed, nine police officers hurt and 117 people arrested.
4. Phillies Fan Purposefully Vomits on Fans
In probably the most disturbing incident in Philadelphia fan history, Philadelphia Phillies fan Matthew Clemmens vomited on off-duty police officer Capt. Michael Vangelo and his 11-year-old daughter who were in attendance at a game. The incident occurred after Vangelo and his two daughters were having difficulties with an intoxicated group of men. The men were finally ejected late in the game after they threw beer on the family. Clemmens, who was with another group of men that were being removed from the contest, made his move and the rest is history.
"He leaned forward, he projectile vomited all over me and my daughter," Vangelo told NBC Philadelphia. "He was still vomiting on the other fans that were holding him down."
3. Fan Stabs Monica Seles
In 1993, tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed during a match against Magdalena Maleeva by a crazed fan of Steffi Graf, who Seles had defeated in the Australian Open final earlier in the year. The fan stuck a five-inch blade in between Seles’ shoulder blades. The injury forced her to miss out on two years of competitive tennis.
2. Alabama Fan Poisons Auburn Trees
The most stunning move by a fan of an opposing team has to be when Alabama Crimson Tide fan by the name of “Al” poisoned the Auburn Tigers famous Toomer’s Trees. As much as the people of Auburn tried to save the oak trees, they unfortunately had to be cut down. “Al” turned out to be Harvey Updyke Jr., who is a retired Texas state trooper and die-hard Alabama fan.
1. Referee Fatally Stabs Player, Fans Kill Referee
In 2013, soccer referee Otavio da Silva ejected player Josenir Abreu from a match. The two go into a fistfight and Silva pulled out a knife in which he used to fatally stab Abreu. The friends and family of Abreu, who were in the stands to take in the match, stormed the field, stoned Silva to death and quartered his body. It’s without a doubt one of the saddest and disturbing instances when fans go too far.