A San Francisco 49ers fan was involved in a violent altercation outside SoFi Stadium during the NFC Championship Game on Sunday that left him hospitalized, and police have made an arrest in connection with the incident.
Inglewood Mayor James Butts said in a news conference on Friday morning that police have arrested 33-year Bryan Alexis Cifuentes of Los Angeles. Investigators identified Cifuentes after reviewing security footage, and the suspect voluntarily accompanied officers to the Inglewood Police Department. Cifuentes was arrested for suspicion of assault by means to produce great bodily injury, which is a felony. He has since posted $30,000 bond.
Cifuentes is accused of beating 40-year-old Daniel Luna in a SoFi Stadium parking lot and leaving him unconscious. Security showed Luna pushing a person in a Rams jersey, who was later identified as Cifuentes, and then turning away. Cifuentes allegedly retaliated by pushing Luna and punching him in the face. Luna was found unconscious a short time later by stadium security.
Luna was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was placed in a medically induced coma. Butts said the Luna’s condition had neither improved nor deteriorated as of Friday morning.
The incident brings back memories of a 2011 parking lot attack outside Dodger Stadium that left a San Francisco Giants fan with brain damage.
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The Los Angeles Rams felt like the road team at times during their home game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 18, and Matthew Stafford’s wife is asking Rams fans to make sure that does not happen again in the playoffs.
Stafford’s wife Kelly, who has a podcast called “The Morning After,” spoke this week about how Niners fans took over SoFi Stadium last Sunday. She pleaded with Rams fans to prevent it from happening when their team hosts the Arizona Cardinals in the playoffs on Monday night. Kelly posted a clip from her podcast on Wednesday and wrote, “My plea. Please don’t sell you (sic) tickets to Arizona fans.”
“I have never seen so many of the opposing team’s fans at a game,” Kelly said. “We came from Detroit. There were a lot of good traveling teams there, but that was wild. … Matthew was on a silent count, Jimmy Garoppolo was not. It was crazy. It made it very hard for us, because I guess we weren’t expecting to be going silent count.”
The Rams lost 27-24 in overtime. Matthew spoke after the game about how difficult it was to communicate toward the end.
We highly doubt many Rams fans sold their tickets to 49ers fans. Niners fans probably just beat them to buying the tickets. The Rams are still fairly new to Los Angeles, so they don’t have a huge fan base.
It would be a surprise if Cardinals fans travel as well as San Francisco fans did, but it is obviously something the Rams are going to have to prepare for.
Kelly is a huge supporter of her husband and his team. She apologized earlier in the year for an incident she was involved in with a 49ers fan in San Francisco.
Photo: Nov 17, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford with wife Kelly Stafford during the game between the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams played a meaningless exhibition game at their shared stadium on Saturday night, but some of their fans took it quite seriously.
An ugly fight broke out in the stands at Sofi-Stadium after some fans, all of who appeared to be Rams supporters, got into a heated argument. Things turned physical when a drink came flying and hit one of the fans in the back while he was turned the other way. You can see the video below:
But here’s the kicker: The drink wasn’t even thrown by one of the fans who were involved in the argument. It came from a woman two rows away who seemingly had nothing to do with the melee.
It’s hard to say if the situation would have turned physical anyway, but things clearly escalated when the drink was thrown. That woman apparently wanted to see a brawl.
We doubt any of those fans will become as famous as the guy who handed out a beating during the NBA playoffs this year.
Los Angeles is still a Lakers town, and the city’s fans reminded us of that fact on Sunday.
Kawhi Leonard attended Sunday’s Rams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Los Angeles and was booed when shown on the scoreboard.
Leonard chose to sign with the Clippers as a free agent over the Lakers, and likely played the purple and gold in the process.
The two-time NBA Finals MVP being booed by his home city’s fans prove how many passionate Lakers fans are still upset with him over the choice. The rivalry between the two teams is going to be great this season.
Sick of seeing their offense unable to score, Los Angeles Rams fans began chanting for Jared Goff during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
According to multiple reporters in attendance, Rams fans started booing quarterback Case Keenum in the second quarter of the game.
Fans began chanting, “We want Goff” as well:
Goff was the quarterback the Rams traded up to draft No. 1 overall, but they have yet to play him in a regular season game.
Keenum, who is not viewed as a long-term solution at quarterback, entered Sunday with 10 interceptions and eight touchdown passes on the season. He is the only player to attempt a pass for the Rams this season.
Goff is currently the second string QB for the Rams, with Sean Mannion behind him. There has been some chatter that Rams head coach Jeff Fisher never wanted Goff, while others say he is just being patient with the rookie.