As Sunday marks the first full day of NFL action, I would like to take this opportunity to remind fans everywhere of the importance of civility. Whether you’re a fan of the Cardinals, the Cowboys, the Packers, the Saints, the Steelers, or any other organization, let us all pledge together that, this season, we will not toss each other over seats.
Well, I’m mostly talking to you, Jets fans. A lawsuit was recently filed in the U.S. District Court in Newark against the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority and the New York Giants organization in relation to the misbehavior of Jets fans during a Jets-Patriots game on Sept. 20th, 2009. According to the suit, filed by a New York family, Jets fans cursed at them, threw beer on their teenage daughter, and physically injured the mother by punching, kicking, and throwing her over a row of seats. All in response to the daughter’s “I Love Tom Brady” sign.
In the suit, it is claimed that the mother suffered cervical spine injuries as a result of the physical abuse. Also, it is further claimed that she continues to experience “great bodily pain and mental anguish” and that her husband has consequently been deprived of sex. They are seeking to receive an award of unspecified damages.
Amusingly, the Jets fans misbehavior came in a winning effort, as the Jets won the involved game 16 to 9.