VIDEO: Vicious fight between football fans captured on video

Video taken at Thursday night’s NFL game in Charlotte shows one man sucker-punching another, and now the search is on for the suspect.

The video of the bloody fight was posted to Instagram by another fan at the game.

A man wearing a Carolina Panthers jersey is seen engaged in a verbal argument with a fan seated behind him at Bank of America Stadium. After a few seconds, the fan in the jersey throws multiple punches at the victim, causing a flow of blood from the man’s head..

The Charlotte Observer reports Warren Carrigan was the fan who shot the video.

Carrigan says the victim was upset about the fan in the jersey standing up throughout the game and obstructing his view. The suspect and his girlfriend allegedly called the seated fan numerous epithets before the fight started.

The fans has been identified by the team as the Panthers and the NFL continue to investigate the incident.

“We have reviewed video tape of the incident and have identified the perpetrator,” the Panthers aid in a statement. “We are working with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law.”

 

dude bro & his chicka were standing for the entire game. words gradually got more and more escalated. there previously was a single mom and her son between us, they left halfway through the 3rd. after that, the lid was off. the dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view. the victim telling the dude bro how they’re being jerks and how rude they are for not sitting. the dude bro turns around and calls the victim a “geriatric fuck”, “faggot”, and “hick”. then sucker punches him right in the face. i don’t know if he got away or left in handcuffs, but i hope it’s the latter. edit: to clarify further, both the puncher and punchee were wearing Panthers attire. The assailant was seated in section 541, row 24, seat 10.

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Titans receiver: Would quit over anthem rule, deletes tweet

Former Dolphins and current Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews said he would be done playing football when asked on Twitter if he would accept a fine or penalty if the NFL instituted a new rule for the national anthem, then later deleted the tweet.

Matthews’ response Thursday to a reporter from his verified account was captured by a screen grab.

The starting receiver has stayed in the locker room during the national anthem through the last two games in protest of President Donald Trump’s comments on NFL players. Matthews was not available Thursday after practice before the locker room closed to reporters.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he could not comment because he learned of Matthews’ tweet after practice and had not talked to the player yet.

Matthews played four seasons with the Dolphins from 2012 to 2015.

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Dolphins players, NFL commissioner discuss protests, find common ground with North Miami police

Miami Dolphins players, NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell and North Miami police officers met with students Tuesday at North Miami Middle School and Arch Creek Elementary School to promote community relations.

The meeting came on the same day Goodell released a memo to all 32 league owners saying that players should stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

In addition to chatting with students, players Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Michael Thomas, Miami Dolphins President and CEO Tom Garfinkel – along with members of the NFL and Dolphins staff – went on a ride-along with police and had a round table discussion about social issues that players are protesting during the singing of the national anthem.

The players, who have taken a knee during the anthem, stressed to police that despite what critics of the protest, including President Donald Trump, may say, they aren’t protesting as a means to disrespect the troops, the American flag or law enforcement officers.

The protest, which began in 2016 when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the anthem, is about drawing attention racial injustice and police brutality, especially toward black Americans.

Kaepernick began kneeling after speaking with military veteran and former Seattle Seahawks player Nate Boyer. During their talk the pair agreed that kneeling during the anthem would be a more respectful form of protest.

“That’s what the players stressed, that it is a positive thing that they are trying to push forward,”  North Miami interim police Chief Larry Juriga said.

During the meeting, the groups found common ground.

“They were focusing on education, justice reform and community engagement,” Juriga said.

He said police focus on similar issues. 

“We want community engagement,” Juriga said. “We want to make sure things are done right and by going out there with the players to the schools and to the community they saw that we’re together on this.”

 While the team and police said they had a positive meeting, the issue of the protests remains ongoing within the NFL.

The memo Goodell released said: “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues.”

With that Goodell made it clear that he doesn’t want players kneeling.

He is planning on meeting with owners about the memo.

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Intoxicated football fan from Florida suffers burns trying to put on burning jersey

An intoxicated Florida man was taken to a hospital with second- and third-degree burns to his body because of a football bet gone awry.

Timothy Silyers, 27, and Brianna Hook, 22, both of Vero Beach,  made a bet Sunday involving their favorite NFL teams — Silyers’ Dallas Cowboys and Hook’s Green Bay Packers.

The bet was simple — the fan of the winning team would burn the losing team’s fan’s jersey, according to an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

After the Packers won 35-31, Hook and Silyers went outside and lit Silyers’ Cowboys jersey on fire.

Silyers “then grabbed the jersey with his right arm and attempted to put it on while it was on fire,” he told the investigating deputy, according to the incident report.

He admitted to doing it because he was “under the influence of an alcoholic beverage,” the report said.

Hook said she and other family members got the jersey off Silyers and drove him to Indian River Medical Center.

Silyers had third-degree burns to his right arm and hand and second-degree burns to his back.

Hook and Silyers told the deputy that no crime occurred and that they were both intoxicated at the time.

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South Floridians react to players taking knee during national anthem

The Dolphins returned home Sunday from a disappointing game in New York.

Throughout the NFL on game day, there were signs of solidarity. Fans on both sides of the argument Sunday said this should be a time for unity, not divisiveness.

Players took a knee and linked arms in an attempt to make a statement about injustice in the U.S., and directly taking on President Donald Trump, who just days earlier said anyone who kneels during the National Anthem should be kicked off the field and fired.

Sunday, the president tempered those comments but maintained his position that taking a knee shows disrespect.

“We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect,” Trump said. “And when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect.”

Fans around the country have fallen on both sides of the argument.

“These are peaceful protests,” Brian Wright, who supports the protests, said. “All they’re doing is kneeling, showing their displeasure with the way things are in the country right now.”

“You can’t just come in here and kneel and expect changes,” Shaun Wright, who is against the protests, said. “What it’s actually doing is inciting disrespect to our flag, the police, our government.”

Jesus Harte and Jamal Jenkins have a unique perspective on the issue. Both men are Marine Corps veterans, with 20 years of service between them. They’re also both black men who have witnessed injustices first-hand U.S.

“It’s kind of mixed emotions at the same time, but I like what they’re doing,” Harte said of the protests.

“Would I take the knee or would I stand for the flag?” Jenkins said. “(I) take off my hat but yet still raise my black fist in the air. Alright? I’m still representing multiple fronts. Respect for this, love for the country, but also that I still stand for injustice.”

Local 10 News spoke with many people, all of whom expressed feeling that the situation is causing yet another split in the country. But those who supported the protest said they feel like it is the president who is causing the split. Those who are against the protests said it’s the players who are to blame.

 

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South Floridians react to players taking knee during national anthem

The Dolphins returned home Sunday from a disappointing game in New York.

Throughout the NFL on game day, there were signs of solidarity. Fans on both sides of the argument Sunday said this should be a time for unity, not divisiveness.

Players took a knee and linked arms in an attempt to make a statement about injustice in the U.S., and directly taking on President Donald Trump, who just days earlier said anyone who kneels during the National Anthem should be kicked off the field and fired.

Sunday, the president tempered those comments but maintained his position that taking a knee shows disrespect.

“We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers, our first responders, and they should be treated with respect,” Trump said. “And when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem, that’s not being treated with respect.”

Fans around the country have fallen on both sides of the argument.

“These are peaceful protests,” Brian Wright, who supports the protests, said. “All they’re doing is kneeling, showing their displeasure with the way things are in the country right now.”

“You can’t just come in here and kneel and expect changes,” Shaun Wright, who is against the protests, said. “What it’s actually doing is inciting disrespect to our flag, the police, our government.”

Jesus Harte and Jamal Jenkins have a unique perspective on the issue. Both men are Marine Corps veterans, with 20 years of service between them. They’re also both black men who have witnessed injustices first-hand U.S.

“It’s kind of mixed emotions at the same time, but I like what they’re doing,” Harte said of the protests.

“Would I take the knee or would I stand for the flag?” Jenkins said. “(I) take off my hat but yet still raise my black fist in the air. Alright? I’m still representing multiple fronts. Respect for this, love for the country, but also that I still stand for injustice.”

Local 10 News spoke with many people, all of whom expressed feeling that the situation is causing yet another split in the country. But those who supported the protest said they feel like it is the president who is causing the split. Those who are against the protests said it’s the players who are to blame.

 

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