Second Eagles Fan Arrested For Slugging Police Horse

We recently discussed the bizarre conduct of  Taylor Hendricks, 22, who punched a police horse during the Philadelphia Eagles playoff game.  Now a second Eagles fan, Andrew Tornetta, 19, has been arrested for doing the same thing during the Eagles championship name.



24 thoughts on “Second Eagles Fan Arrested For Slugging Police Horse”

  1. Tie the bum to the horse he kicked and let the horse run around a controlled track a few times.

  2. Eagles fans like it this way. Remember the batteries in snow balls thrown at Dallas Cowboy players ? Philly cannot be called the “City of Brother Love” any more.

  3. Interesting that the author was quick to proclaim in an interview with Erin Andrews that a Seattle Seahawk player, who minutes prior had made a game winning play, was labeled as “thuggish.” And here we have an ugly incident, and no such tag here..

    1. Absolutely, Tornetta is a thug. The definition is a violent criminal. I think punching a horse and a cop fits the bill. There is no race associated with thug.

      African American rappers like Tupac started a trend called Thug Life, which referred to someone with nothing, no hope, breaking laws to succeed. Tupac said in an interview that he meant the lyrics as reaching the hopeless, but he did not want thug life to be glorified or thought of as glamorous.

      That does not change the meaning of “thug”, which just means violent criminal. The word’s been around for over 600 years, its origin ancient India, referring to “violent criminals.”

    2. “Interesting that the author was quick to proclaim in an interview with Erin Andrews that a Seattle Seahawk player, who minutes prior had made a game winning play, was labeled as “thuggish.”” -Carterbo



      “Sherman grew up in Compton. His father has worked as a trash man there for 30 years. He says he fought his whole life to lose the “thug” stereotype, and it’s a shame it’s coming back now:

      “”I know some thugs and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug. I’ve fought that my whole life, just coming from where I come from. Just because you hear Compton, you heard Watts, cities like that you think, ‘Thug. He’s a gangster. He’s this, that, and the other.’ And then you hear Stanford and that doesn’t make sense, it’s an oxymoron. To fight it for so long, and have to hear it come up again, it’s frustrating.””

      “Immediately after Sherman’s interview, there was a stream of racist responses on social media. Both in this interview today and in his MMQB column on Monday, Sherman has taken those responses to task.”

      Repeating what Carterbo said:

      “And here we have an ugly incident, and no such tag here..”

  4. Maybe they didn’t hit the horse. Maybe one of them did and the other didn’t. Maybe in one or both cases it was a pet or a tap. Is there video? Have they been tried? Professor Turley, I know you have seen this, but please rewatch this video (and recall how the police characterized the doings before the video came out):

  5. Was he charged with assault on the horse or just assault on the cop?
    The cop should have shot him in the head when he punched the cop’s horse. Ask Mister Ed.

    1. One way for the court to deal correctly with the defendant is to have a jury composed of horses to decide his case.

  6. Having been to numerous games in Philly, including what is known as “The Classic” Giants v Eagles games, now living in Minnesota, I felt bad. If I could have given a lesson on how for traveling Minnesota Nice fans to act, I would have. Philly fans are the worst and Minnesota fans are the nicest. Bad combo. JT would love going to games in the Twin Cities. He is Minnesota Nice which is remarkable having grown up in Chicago and living most of his adult life in the DC area.

  7. Here in the DC metro area, folks with Redskins season tickets dreaded appearances of Philadelphia Eagles fans more than the team. They have a reputation for loud, obnoxious behavior, mostly fueled by alcohol. Still. ‪Horse? He hit a HORSE? They should put this jackass’s photo in dictionary to illustrate word “moron.” I grew up around hayburners, and have a healthy respect for them. Police horses are likely the “smartest” of the breed, but they are BIG. They are steady, reliable, carefully trained, used to crowds, commotions, and loud noises, but there are limits to what you can expect from any horse, no matter how carefully trained. This guy is lucky to have survived. Most people are smart enough to be wary of them.

  8. I understand the Philly fans were throwing cans at the Vikings players. Do you suppose they are genetically connected to the soccer hooligans of England? Hmmm???? DNA tests are in order.

  9. Our country has produced yet another young man determined to put himself in a cage, and with no kindness for animals. No raised right.

    These source articles never go into much details about what happened to the horse, and if he’s OK. I found another article that states that Tornetta, hereafter called the spineless waste of space, or SWOS for short, punched the horse twice. One article states he punched the horse in the mouth, and another says he hit him in the shoulder. Both confirm that SWOS also punched the mounted officer just below the eye. (Note the detail given for the mounted officer but not his equine partner.)

    One of the police horses is a black Percheron cross, favoring the Percheron. I also saw a Belgian cross, and possibly some Clydesdale crosses, so this department may favor the drafts. (It’s possible they might be purebred, but just a bit small, or that the perspective was off. The video is a bit jerky so I can’t tell for sure.) These drafts are a tough breed. Hopefully the hits were to the shoulder, and not the mouth, and that it was one of the draft crosses. Drafts instinctively push into pressure, so they can be good for crowd control, but it would be devastating if a full blood stepped on someone’s foot. Shod and the person might loose a toe. I’m sure they train to avoid this.

    Drafts are known as gentle giants, so this guy punched what is likely a gentle animal, although I don’t know the individual horse. I have Percherons, myself, and they are wonderful. They adore getting pet by children, and will lower their heads way down to the ground so little hands can reach them. I have some reservations about horses being used in unruly crowds, although I have seen an outstanding demonstration on crowd control put on by a mounted police force riding drafts. They can be effective, but I still worry about them.

    I hope the police officer and his horse are OK. I’ve remarked before how punching a horse in the face can make him head shy, which is dangerous and can be difficult to undo. A Percheron might not even notice a blow to the shoulder by this weeny SWOS. I noticed that the perp was bloodied, and wondered if that happened in the hooligan melee, or while resisting arrest. It’s real simple – leave when instructed by the police, do not resist arrest, and do not punch animals, or else you’ll put yourself in a cage. Other people manage to heel-toe it through life following these basic instructions, so what’s his problem?

      1. Karen, There is a very good miniseries on Netflix titled, Godless. It’s violent but not gratuitous. The writer understood the importance of horses and there are some wonderful scenes of breaking wild horses the Navajo way. There are good scenes of a man teaching a boy how to ride.

    1. Many who have lived in Philadelphia refer to it as Filth-a-delphia, depending on what part of town you’re talking about.

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