When Sports Fans Attack

The 10 worst moments in American sports fandom
by Patrick Emmel

Being a sports fan can be a great thing. There’s a sense of joy and camaraderie when people band together with the same hopes and dreams that their team will become champions of everything. That’s right, everything. Friends and strangers alike welcome the chance to celebrate the victories and console each other through the defeats. At its best, sports fandom brings out the best in humanity, like a giant Woodstock love-in where everyone wears team jerseys instead of rolling around in the mud naked.

Then, there is the Dark Side of sports fans. It is a place of fear and, like the great philosopher Yoda once said:

“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

A fan never loses their love for their team. The team is all. However, the players and coaches of the team are not a part of that unconditional love, particularly if they’re losing. That is when fans turn ugly.

Here are some of the worst events sports fans have instigated in recent years, to rival teams, their own cherished players, and even their own cities…

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