On Sunday in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium where the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots, a group of rowdy, football fans were captured on video that was first obtained by Deadspin, exhibiting what the NFL would characterize and penalize as unsportsmanlike conduct or quite possibly unnecessary roughness, as a woman in New England Patriots colors can be seen grabbing at a man wearing a New York Jets, No. 80, Wayne Chrebet jersey during a quarrel.
Unfortunately for the lady, the guy appears to have responded by punching her in the face. After that, another guy quickly steps in to confront the woman-punching man by trying to land some punches of his own on the guy’s head in what could very possibly be some modern-day form of testosterone fueled magnanimity.
In response, a New York Jets spokesperson said:
“We are aware of the situation and we do not tolerate that behavior. Parties involved were detained and this matter is now in the hands of the New Jersey State Police.”
Now in an eerily familiar twist from some previous sporting event violence, the questions about a severe lack of security have begun to surface, as no sign of stadium security or a police presence can be seen in the short video, as fans are leaving MetLife Stadium.
For example, in a story that didn’t get a lot of coverage by the national media, another woman was bashed in the face about a month earlier in San Francisco at a 49ers game on Sept. 22, 2013. during a brawl. On this occasion, at least security did eventually show up, but not before the damage was done.
And in what is arguably the most egregious sporting event tragedy due to mindless violence, there is Bryan Stow, a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, who was beaten almost to death by Los Angeles Dodgers fans in Los Angeles in 2011 at a baseball game.
Stow was left permanently disabled due to brain damage and is now living at home with his family, as he can no longer take care of himself or his two children—a high price to pay just to support your favorite team.
Also, another Dodgers fan, 24-year-old Jonathan Denver, was stabbed to death in front of his family after leaving a baseball game in San Francisco between the Dodgers and the Giants on Sept. 25, 2013., by a rival fan after he allegedly yelled out: “Giants suck!”
Based on all of this sporting event, sports culture bedlam, one could make the argument that these kinds of events are some of the most overpriced and the most dangerous things that a person can spend their hard-earned money on just to put their life in danger to cheer for their favorite team or jeer for their most hated rival, especially in a place where the pro-sports machismo seems to be lived vicariously through drunk, testosterone fueled, wannabe athletes, failed athletes, man cave dwelling men and women wearing their favorite team's sports jersey with their favorite, male hero’s name on the back!
And of course, this video of the Jets fan punching the woman has gone viral on YouTube, and there are many obnoxious comments about how the woman got what she deserved for getting in a man’s face in a confrontational manner, but that’s easy to say anonymously on the Internet through some cowardly post, as long as it wasn’t your mother, your wife, your aunt, or your daughter getting socked in the kisser!