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Sports Violence: Not Just a Philly Thing

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Following Minnesota's drubbing in the NFC Championship (38-7) leading up to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, much was made of Philadelphia's notorious fan base, accused of all manner of naughty behavior, from mild run-of-the-mill taunting to outright threats and physical assault, perpetrated against Vikings fans who attended the game in Philly.

On one hand, if you attend an away game in full hometown regalia, you can't expect to escape some good-natured ribbing, perhaps even some that isn't so good natured. On the other hand, the Big Game and Team Spirit are no excuse for threats and violence, in or out of the stadium. Towel snapping, beer can pelting, bottles of urine, crying kids - these are the anecdotes coming out of Philadelphia.

And then the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Now that the dust has mostly settled after the Eagles conquered Tom Brady and the Patriots to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 (41-33), we find that Minneapolis didn't burn to the ground, and even Philadelphia remains intact, despite the ensuing fan riots.

Kevin Skiver for CBS Sports writes of the proverbial few-bad-apples, before posing the question: "Why is it that Eagles fans are met with collective vitriol?" Skiver answers it with nine stories of Eagles fans proving they're "the absolute worst" - but, of course, absolute worst is a subjective statement, because stadium violence and sports-related mayhem can happen anywhere, not just Philadelphia, and not just in NFL football.

In 2014, we won a multimillion-dollar verdict for our client Bryan Stow, a Giants fan, severely beaten at Dodger Stadium after the baseball opener in 2011. In 2016, we won a $475K verdict for our client, this time a Dodgers fan, injured by security guards during a game against the Pirates in 2009.

Again, as these examples show, stadium violence and sports-related mayhem can happen anywhere, despite what we've heard of Philly's notoriety.

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