"Taken out of the ball game..."
Sports matches are ideal places to blow off a little steam and engage in some good-natured ribbing with rival fans, but sometimes that friendly competition can go too far. Such was apparently the case for "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet, who was reportedly escorted from his seat at the L.A. Dodgers game on Saturday night after getting into a verbal altercation with another fan, according to TMZ.
Sources told the gossip site that "Stonestreet said something to the [St. Louis] Cardinals fan after the guy heckled a Dodgers player," but that the disagreement never escalated to threats. Some enterprising fan recorded a video of the Emmy-winning actor being escorted from his seat by security, and the other participant of the fight was reportedly ejected too.
After TMZ's article was posted, Stonestreet took to Twitter to tell his side of the story.
"Modern Family" has had its share of controversy of late, with the adult stars (including Stonestreet) becoming involved in a contract dispute over salaries that briefly halted production. It was resolved a few days later without significant disruption to the show's shooting schedule. Soon after, the show's younger cast-members -- who had not been involved in the dispute -- were also given salary bumps.