The NFL is reviewing an incident that took place in Chicago following the Bears/Packers game on Monday night. Green Bay safety Nick Collins, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness late in the game, went off on a fan as he was exiting the playing field.
Collins started yelling at the fan and then threw his mouthpiece at the fan. The fan seemed to have instigated by leaning over the railing to heckle Collins, using racial slurs according to the Green Bay safety. Additionally, cameras show the fan gave him the middle finger. Sports by Brooks has video of the incident which was captured by WITI cameras at the game.
Obviously we all want players to ignore fans and keep their composure at all times, but I wouldn’t classify Collins’ behavior as very bad. Maybe a small fine to remind him not to mess with the fans is in order, but to call this anything more than a minor incident would be inaccurate.
I’m all for protecting fans and their rights, but buying a ticket to a game does not entitle one to act like a complete jerk and hooligan. Fans need to be held responsible for their behavior at games and what this fan did seems to be equally as bad, if not worse than Collins. The whole incident was completely overblown.