Schechter's Lectures No. 18: Fan Violence

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Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) prepares for the snap against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Jets 14-10. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back NFL fans. This week, I bring you a topic that I wish I didn’t have to. We are all fans of this game, but there are times when people take it to far. There are fans out there that feel that they are part of the game. They get so invested in the result, that they become more than fans, and then, we have a problem. It’s when fans become more than fans. That, my friends, is the unfortunate topic this week.

Take your seats, class is in session.

There was a situation that played out this week in New York, that some of you national readers may not be aware of. Since the Jets are such a national story, you probably DID hear about the fact that Mark Sanchez was finally benched by coach Rex Ryan. Most Jets fans have wanted this for a long time, and it finally happened. That isn’t the point here, though. After the Monday night game, there was some unfortunate tweeting going on.

A Jets fan tweeted death threats to the Jets quarterback. And these were not idle threats, these were serious. Not that any threats aren’t serious, but these were particularly serious. There were comments made such as that there will be “bullets everywhere”, that he had better have “armed security guards” at practice, that he should take a look at his picture on Twitter, because that is the “face of his killer”. Sick stuff, huh? So serious that the league had to be involved.

The police spoke to the man who made the threats, and you would think they charged him with something right? Nope. Instead, they let him be, and he started getting INTERVIEWS! Seriously? How sad is this. The really sad part is that this is far from the only occurrence. Take a look at this article by former player Akbar Gbajabiamila, about the concerns that players have (read by clicking here).  Finished?  Sad enough?  Can you believe that these are the things that the players actually have to think about?  It’s a quite sad state of affairs that players have to go to games, and worry about their own safety, as well as the safety of their families.

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