Out-of-Control Sports Fans are Everywhere, Not Just in Philadelphia


Out-of-Control Sports Fans are Everywhere, Not Just in Philadelphia Philadelphia is nicknamed the “City of Brotherly Love.”

Tell that to some of the fans that attend Phillies games.

Matthew Clemmens, 21, pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally vomiting on an 11-year-old girl and her father during an April 14 Phillies-Nationals game at Citizens Bank Park. Clemmens, however, is just one of many Philadelphia fans who have disgraced their city in recent years.

During the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 3, a 17-year-old fan ran onto the field waving a rally towel, only to be subdued by a Philadelphia policeman with a taser.

The next night — apparently not fazed by the use of a police Taser the night before — another Phillies fan made his way onto the diamond during the game.

In another unfortunate episode, Flyers fans trashed a Montreal hockey writer’s car after Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals last week.

During an Eagles game in December 1968, Philadelphia played host to a moment that will live infamy. As part of a Christmas-themed halftime celebration, a man dressed up as Santa Claus came onto the field, only to be pelted by snowballs again and again by distressed Eagles fans (even though their team was tied at the half with the Minnesota Vikings).

It was that incident, among others, that has given Philly fans a bad name.

But Philadelphia is not the only city that has over-the-top, obnoxious spectators.

On April 12 this year, during a Marlins-Dodgers game at Sun Life Stadium, a massive fight started in the right-field stands. Fans throughout the rows were beating down on each other.

On May 20, during a White Sox-Angels game at U.S. Cellular Field, two Chicago fans (they were both wearing White Sox shirts) started to tussle, before one of the fans did his best Joe Frazier impression on the other, throwing an absolute haymaker into his face.

Fans act like rowdy, immature children across the country — not just in Philadelphia.

So before you start judging an entire city by a few troublemakers, just remember Nov. 19, 2004, and the infamous Pacers-Pistons brawl.

Senseless behavior can happen anywhere.

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