Another ugly incident of fan-on-fan violence occurred following the New York Jets' resounding 38-10 triumph win over the Kansas City Chiefs. After the game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Gang Green supporter James Mohr was brutally beaten by what the New York Post describes as a "drunken gang of Kansas City Chiefs fans."
Police in New Jersey initially charged 35-year-old Merle Lee with "simple assault" after the incident. After Mohr's condition worsened, the charges were upgraded to "aggravated assault."
According to the Post, Mohr was walking through the parking lot when a woman began taunted him about the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. Mohr's family said that one of the assailants screamed "F--k New York. You all deserved what happened on 9/11!"
Mohr, physical-education teacher at the Bronx Guild vocational high school, was reportedly jumped by up to seven people, supposedly after he took offense to the 9/11 remarks. A police source confirmed to the Post that at least one of them was wearing a Chiefs jersey. Although the family of the 23-year-old victim maintains that his assailants were Chiefs fans, police told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the incident "was not a Jets-Chiefs melee."
Mohr underwent facial surgery on Tuesday at New Jersey's Hackensack University Medical Center. MyFox New York reported that when Mohr was first taken to the hospital, emergency room staff said they handle far too many instances of postgame violence.
Earlier this season, a fight broke out between Jets and Cowboys fans in the stands of MetLife Stadium. A man in a Cowboys jersey had allegedly brought a stun gun past security and used it on a Jets fan, who happened to be a Marine. The Dallas fan was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and two weapons counts.
The fan violence hasn't just occurred on the East Coast and it doesn't pertain to just the NFL.
On opening day of the 2011 baseball season, a San Francisco Giants fan named Bryan Stow was attacked and critically injured outside of Dodgers Stadium by two men wearing Dodgers clothing. The Dodgers increased security measures a week after the attack.