UPDATE - The original Instagram post has been updated to say that the man who got punched was a Panthers fan, not an Eagles fan. Also NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports the NFL is aware of this video and has been in touch with the Panthers’ security.
UPDATE 2 - Statement from Panthers Executive Director of Risk Management Lance Emory: “We have reviewed video tape of the incident and have identified the perpetrator. We are working with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law. The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience. The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.”
Original story below.
A disturbing video from last night’s Philadelphia Eagles versus Carolina Panthers game was brought to my attention in the early hours of Friday morning (hat tip Bleeding Green Nation reader Kenny Nakamura). A Panthers fan was caught sucker punching an Eagles fan (?) right in the face at the Thursday Night Football game.
The video contains blood/violence, so I don’t recommend you watch it unless you’re sure.
Here’s the caption on Instagram (with some censoring from me):
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 f***”, “fa****”, 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.
It looks like the sucker punch victim may have been an Eagles fan considering the man directly next to him has an Eagles hat on.
But Eagles fan or not, this kind of behavior from the guy in the black Cam Newton jersey is unacceptable. Kudos to the Panthers fan in the white Cam Newton jersey who tried to break up the violence.
Quite simply, this is disgusting behavior. There’s no need for this to happen. Here’s hoping the Panthers have done something to address this.