As many on this blog know, I love watching football. However, I no longer go to games because of the often drunk and unruly fans. I long ago decided not to take the kids to games because of all of the drinking and profanity. It is a real shame because I know other families who have reached the same conclusion. Stadiums are simply no longer family friendly environments unless you want your kids surrounded by profanely spewing drunks. The alternative would be for owners to actually exercise a modicum of responsibility and toss out unruly fans. I have made the same argument for baseball. Their failure to do so was on display in the New England-Kansas City game where Patriots fans flipped off Chiefs Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill after he scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter. They also threw beer on him as shown in the video below. Update: The Patriots identified the fan who threw the beer but apparently did nothing about the other abusive fans. It is good to see this fan banned from the stadium and hopefully we will see more enforcement of basic standards of civility and decorum at these games. The fan has been charged with disorderly conduct.
These fans were not hard to find and easy to recognize. They acted like total thugs. The most obvious response is to ban them all for the year from any games to reaffirm that the team will not tolerate throwing things at opposing team players or acting in such a disgusting fashion.
The Patriots issued the following statement:
How about the other fans flipping off Hill in his face on national television? Did they meet the Patriots fan code because thousands of kids were watching them do so?
Instead, these idiots will be back at the next home game — proud of their disgraceful display on national television.