When the Oregon Ducks traveled to Tempe, Ariz. to play the Arizona State Sun Devils they got more than they bargained for. Coach Dana Altman is worried for his safety after many verbal altercations between guard Jason Castille and the Arizona State faithful.
Amongst the verbal accusations and talk came physical assault in the form of spitting. However, it wasn’t coach Altman who was spit on. Assistant Brian Fish and trainer Clay Jamieson were the victims of one classless fan. Thankfully the fan’s season tickets pass has been revoked and he will not be allowed to attend games for a long while.
Coach Altman made a great point that teams should not have to pass opposing team’s student sections — where the most obnoxious fans in college sports unite — while going to their locker room.
It was adding insult to injury; even though this incident occurred at halftime during Oregon’s two-point 74-72 loss to the Sun Devils.
In other words, fans need to relax and not do stupid things like spit on opposing teams’ staff, players or other personnel. Part of the game is getting into the minds of your opponents as a fan, but at what point do things go too far?
Missouri fans had to kick out a long-lasting student group earlier in the season because of the things they said to opposing teams’ players which made the family environment that is a sporting event rather uncomfortable. A definite physical altercation like spitting on someone has to be deemed as going too far, and the faculty of the athletic department of Arizona State did a good job of kicking this college fan out of their athletic events indefinitely. Games should be a family environment; be loud, be smart and be courteous to opposing teams while they are traveling to their respective locker rooms.
Just remember as fans, only words should come out of your mouth. Say it, don’t spray it.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII