According to an Oct. 21 article from the Huffington Post, a 36-year-old Long Island man sporting New York Jets apparel appeared to punch a woman sporting New England Patriots colors in the face during an altercation captured following Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The man decked the woman with an MMA-style punch to the game, a strike hard enough to make UFC legend Chuck Liddell jealous.
Not that the "Iceman" would ever lay his hands on a woman, but it was a clean punch that landed directly to the jaw.
“We are aware of the situation and we do not tolerate that behavior," a spokeman for the New York Jets stated after video of the incident went public. "Parties involved were detained and this matter is now in the hands of the New Jersey State Police.”
Here's the thing: These issues are going to pop up as long as there is alcohol involved.
The New York Jets could easily put a wrap on fans swinging wildly as if they were MMA fighters, by discontinuing alcohol service inside the stadium.
New York Jets fans, along with thousands of other NFL supporters, enjoy living it up during the few home games they have during the year, so they tailgate with beer and more adult beverages once they get inside the stadium.
The NFL and the Jets could definitely make fan fights less frequent by cracking down on tailgate parties and beer sales during the game. As an example, the NCAA doesn't sell alcohol during their March Madness basketball tournament, and as the result the fans are much better behaved than the average football crowd.
Unfortunately, beer sales generate so much extra money for the NFL that teams will never stop selling alcoholic beverages inside their stadiums.