I am not normally one to call for somebody’s job, but under the circumstances I think it is absolutely merited: Fire John Steigerwald!
Steigerwald, a columnist for the (Pennsylvania) Observer-Reporter, offered this disgusting take on the attack on San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.
Apparently, Stow getting beaten badly enough to end up with brain damage and to make doctors have to remove a portion of his skull and place him in a coma he has yet to come out of, is his own fault for wearing a jersey to the game.
“Are the 42-year-olds who find it necessary to wear their replica jerseys to a road game, those kids who are now fathers who haven’t grown up?” writes Steigerwald.
Instead of reacting with any shred whatsoever of decency or compassion to Stow, Steigerwald instead chose to attack him and countless others who want to show support for their team.
Steigerwald painted all jersey-wearing fans as delusional, living in a fantasy world in which wearing a jersey makes them just as much a part of the team as if they had signed a contract, picked up a glove and taken the field.
This disgrace to journalism and humanity added a couple more asinine suggestions regarding the reasons for violence among sport fans.
“…maybe somebody should do a psychological study to find out if all those game jerseys have contributed to the new mob mentality that seems to exist in the stands these days,” writes Steigerwald, who went onto suggest alcohol was not a contributing factor.
This article and Steigerwald himself make me sick.
Fans absolutely should be able to wear jerseys and show their support, as long as that “support” does not turn violent.
The issue is not what Stow was wearing but what could have made his attackers so sick as to think Stow deserved to be the brunt of such brutality for being a Giants fan.
“You have a right to wear your orange and black or your Dodger Blue…Don’t take it out on someone else if you disagree with who they root for.”