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NFL reviewing Nick Collins incident

The altercation late on Monday night between Packers safety Nick Collins and a fan in the stands at Soldier Field has the attention of the NFL.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Associated Press the league is “in the process of reviewing all the facts.”

FOX 6 in Milwaukee shot video after the game that reportedly depicts Collins throwing his mouthpiece at a fan and yelling something toward the stands after the game. Collins’ teammate, Donald Driver, then restrained him before things could escalate. Collins later apologized.

According to FOX 6, Collins said he was provoked by a fan who called him the N-word, and there are also reports that Collins was spit on. Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline.com makes the good suggestion that the Bears should revoke the fan’s season ticket if that’s the case.

UPDATE: Sports by Brooks points out that FOX 6 has posted some still images from its video and asked viewers to help identify the fans pictured.

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  1. Hauschild says: Sep 28, 2010 3:35 PM

    People still don’t understand the “Sticks and Stones” deal, huh? Hell, I doubt they even teach it anymore.
    Do whatever you want, whenever you feel like it. Ain’t it great to be part of a civilized society that comprehends and practices simple rights and responsibilities?
    The fact is, as an American, you have every right to call anybody any name you want. However, you do not have a right to physically abuse somebody if somebody makes you angry. Grow up.
    It’s called self-discipline, integrity and character.

  2. Andy says: Sep 28, 2010 3:36 PM

    Why was he complaining? At least it wasn’t beer bottles!!

  3. Contra says: Sep 28, 2010 3:41 PM

    Stay classy Green Bay…wait…you had your precious Lambeau Field shot up, nevermind.

  4. green man says: Sep 28, 2010 3:41 PM

    Wow, they should do that in GB too, that would get the waiting list moving at a much faster rate.

  5. frottis says: Sep 28, 2010 3:50 PM

    Stay Classy Chicago!

  6. Douchebaggery says: Sep 28, 2010 3:54 PM

    As a Bears fan, I agree that the guy’s season tickets should be revoked and he should be banned for life. I hope the league goes easy on Collins.

  7. Caldon says: Sep 28, 2010 3:56 PM

    Any proof yet on the fan’s act or is it just Collins word? In which case it could just be him pissed after a loss and reacting to fans, much like the Brandon Jacobs helmet “accident” and he is making up the “N” word to hide behind.

  8. Greg16303 says: Sep 28, 2010 4:00 PM

    I agree players must follow a ‘code of conduct’ for their behavior both on and off the field, but fans also have to follow the rules of conduct at a game (see the small print on the back of the game ticket). Spitting on a player and shouting curses at them??? That’s not cool. Player or not, a person should not have to take that sort of crap from anyone.

  9. LBPACKFAN says: Sep 28, 2010 4:06 PM

    Contra –
    Really? Your post doesn’t make a lick of sense in regards to this article and situation.
    Stay dumb, Contra.

  10. PackersHome says: Sep 28, 2010 4:19 PM

    lol@Stay Classy Green Bay when it was a Chicago Bears fan, in Chicago throwing out a racial slur and spitting on someone. Idiot.

  11. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Sep 28, 2010 4:20 PM

    # Hauschild says: September 28, 2010 3:35 PM
    People still don’t understand the “Sticks and Stones” deal, huh? Hell, I doubt they even teach it anymore.
    Do whatever you want, whenever you feel like it. Ain’t it great to be part of a civilized society that comprehends and practices simple rights and responsibilities?
    The fact is, as an American, you have every right to call anybody any name you want. However, you do not have a right to physically abuse somebody if somebody makes you angry. Grow up.
    It’s called self-discipline, integrity and character.
    ———–
    Wow. Just wow. When you’re running through a tunnel and very exposed like a player is and you get spit on and called the N-word, you would just use a 3rd grade nursery rhyme? Sorry, but anyone who spits on me is going to have their ass handed to him and a far greater beat down that a rubber mouth guard thrown at them. What a completely moronic comment. Must be a Bears fan defending that kind of behavior. Typical.

  12. SpartaChris says: Sep 28, 2010 4:24 PM

    @Hauschdouche-
    Normally I’d agree with you, but no one should have to put up with a racial verbal assault and being spit on. I’d feel the same way if this were a Vikings player.
    Simple insults are fine. Boo the guy and talk all the shit you want about how a player sucks, smells bad and his momma dresses him funny. Don’t start lobbing racial slurs and then spit on the guy though. That’s completely uncalled for.
    Hopefully this fan gets banned.

  13. Contra says: Sep 28, 2010 4:29 PM

    # PackersHome says: September 28, 2010 4:19 PM
    lol@Stay Classy Green Bay when it was a Chicago Bears fan, in Chicago throwing out a racial slur and spitting on someone. Idiot.
    ———
    And somehow…somehow…Chicago manages to provoke what would have been Green Bays 20th penalty!!!

  14. JSpicoli says: Sep 28, 2010 4:32 PM

    So if you lose your cool, and you are a black person, all you have to do is accuse someone of dropping an N-Bomb?
    There is nothing more than Collins word here saying ugly bear fan said it, and I am waaaay too skeptical to just buy that at face value.
    More like collins’ roid rage acted up and now he is covering tracks. I love how all of you are on insta-believe when it comes to these sorts of things, and rush to the defense of the player thereby showing just how non-racial you are. Kinda like our last election.
    net-net, no one knows and I’d have to see some eivdence produced to just jump on board with Collins.

  15. wrath4771 says: Sep 28, 2010 4:35 PM

    Language that promotes violence or hate (like the n-word) is never acceptable. If anyone should grow-up and show some character, how about that fan that spit on him and used the n-word? A fan has every right to tell Collins that he and/or the Packers suck, but a fan doesn’t have the right to get personal like that. Honestly, how would you expect someone like Devin hester to react if that happened to him in Green Bay? I’d expect him to do the same thing. Really we should be thankful it didn’t get any worse than throwing a mouth piece into the stands.

  16. Ferg70 says: Sep 28, 2010 4:47 PM

    I don’t know Nick Collins, but I bet he was pissed off after losing a big game to a hated rival. Not saying it didn’t happen, but if this “fan” did use the N-word, I’m sure there are some other witnesses that can corroborate Collins’ story…if there are no other witnesses, Nick might have made up an awful story to cover his stupid mistake. Let’s not all just jump to conclusions either way, but some investigation needs to take place here.

  17. CaneMatador says: Sep 28, 2010 5:04 PM

    Spitting is assault, and the fan should be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent, buuuut Nick Collins needs to be the professional and alert security instead of wanting to go in the stands and start a fight…..

  18. purpleguy says: Sep 28, 2010 5:08 PM

    As offensive as what allegedly was said may be, Collins shouldn’t have thrown aything at the fans. However, if someone spit at him, throwing something back in defense or in response to an assault (spitting can be defined as assault) is at least a viable legal defense.

  19. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Sep 28, 2010 5:09 PM

    # JSpicoli says: September 28, 2010 4:32 PM
    So if you lose your cool, and you are a black person, all you have to do is accuse someone of dropping an N-Bomb?
    There is nothing more than Collins word here saying ugly bear fan said it, and I am waaaay too skeptical to just buy that at face value.
    More like collins’ roid rage acted up and now he is covering tracks. I love how all of you are on insta-believe when it comes to these sorts of things, and rush to the defense of the player thereby showing just how non-racial you are. Kinda like our last election.
    net-net, no one knows and I’d have to see some eivdence produced to just jump on board with Collins.
    ———
    Ummm…..given that Driver was there, along with the security and staff, I’m sure there are plenty of people that would have heard it and will verify what happened. It will all come out in the investigation and probably the video tape. Why lie about something that you know will be able to be disproven with video and witnesses?

  20. J Dub says: Sep 28, 2010 5:09 PM

    Stay clueless Contra…..

  21. ICDogg says: Sep 28, 2010 5:10 PM

    If this had happened in Philly, you guys would be carrying on about this non-stop for a week, about what a bunch of classless fans we are… but crap like this happens everywhere. Just wanted to point that out.

  22. Hauschild says: Sep 28, 2010 5:13 PM

    The thing is, as bad as profane and vulgar language is, we have to accept it and deal with it, or we need to begin changing some laws and amending some important documents, ’cause I’ll want in on the action, like no more income tax to support losers and unions.

  23. Canned Gravy says: Sep 28, 2010 5:16 PM

    All this will do is force the NFL to extend the tunnel roof or cover out further….and with that, penalizing quality fans that now will have to wait until the players are all the way onto the field.
    Just wait until Dallas’ new setup with the team walking right by all the people in the tunnel breaks bad when someone spouts off and there’s a pregame or postgame free-for-all in the tunnel with some fans and the team members.
    I’ve been to games in Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Green Bay…and Chicago is the king of loudmouth and classless pricks. Like Philly fans except no balls to back their comments up. Well, except for that retard that tried stabbing the guy at the White Sox game.
    Bears will lose 6 of their last 9…look at the schedule. See ya Lovie.

  24. SJ Apollo says: Sep 28, 2010 5:17 PM

    Collins has had zero behavioral problems since being in the NFL. I’m sure Collins has heard things yelled at him before when leaving an opposing field. I know Collins has been on the receiving end of tough losses before. It had to be something else that set him off. Racism and being spat on ought to do it.
    Accusations of racism against Chicago fans is nothing new. We have Milton Bradley saying it happened. LaTroy Hawkins backs that up. Jacque Jones too. Torii Hunter opted to not go to the Cubs because of the perception. There are the “Pujols Mows My Lawn” t-shirts that showed up at Wrigley.
    I’m sure it was just one, drunken idiot at the game, but it only takes one drunken idiot to make the news.

  25. nutnbutnet says: Sep 28, 2010 5:19 PM

    whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says:
    September 28, 2010 4:20 PM
    # Hauschild says: September 28, 2010 3:35 PM
    People still don’t understand the “Sticks and Stones” deal, huh? Hell, I doubt they even teach it anymore.
    Do whatever you want, whenever you feel like it. Ain’t it great to be part of a civilized society that comprehends and practices simple rights and responsibilities?
    The fact is, as an American, you have every right to call anybody any name you want. However, you do not have a right to physically abuse somebody if somebody makes you angry. Grow up.
    It’s called self-discipline, integrity and character.
    ———–
    Wow. Just wow. When you’re running through a tunnel and very exposed like a player is and you get spit on and called the N-word, you would just use a 3rd grade nursery rhyme? Sorry, but anyone who spits on me is going to have their ass handed to him and a far greater beat down that a rubber mouth guard thrown at them. What a completely moronic comment. Must be a Bears fan defending that kind of behavior. Typical.
    ______________________________
    No way would a Bears fan be such a total Douche. He’s a Vikings fan.
    Hey Blousechild, how’d you like your team getting booed at home on sunday?
    Bwa-ha-ha.

  26. Dewey Axewoond says: Sep 28, 2010 5:36 PM

    Given that we have prior cases of people lying and claiming they were spit on and called the N-word, I’m in a holding pattern on this one until further evidence comes out.
    Fans act like jackasses all the time (yes, hard as it is to believe, even some Bears fans), and Collins clearly was caught at a tough time, when emotions were probably running high.
    Even if the allegation is true–it was just a mouthguard; the NFL should let it go. Besides, Collins could claim he was just tossing a “souvenir” to a fan, or that his “finger got caught on it”, a la Brandon Jacobs (ok, just kidding on the last one).
    Seriously, though, Goodell & goons, let this go. Christ.
    On a related note, though–the N-word is not nice, but it’s not illegal (otherwise, rap music would give way to all Herbie Hancock-like instrumentals).
    Nothing in our Constitution guarantees people the right NOT to be offended. Hell, I want to punch people in the face every day for ticking me off, but am I justified in acting on it? No.
    The race card is not some “magic” card that autmatically transcends the need for people to be responsible for their actions. You are always (or at least should be) accountable for your actions. Period.
    (By the way, Andrew Breitbart’s offer to donate $100,000 to the NACCP as soon as ONE PERSON can produce a shred of evidence that any racial slurs were used by Tea Party protesters the day after health care was forcibly rammed down our throats still stands–it has yet to be collected. Like I said–lie. Distortion, exaggeration. But considering the sources–Pelosi and pals, are we surprised?)

  27. BigBear123 says: Sep 28, 2010 5:43 PM

    Funny how it is only an issue if a non black person said the N word. If a blacky said it is just fine now isn’t it.
    True American logic.

  28. ACS2 says: Sep 28, 2010 6:05 PM

    Contra says:
    September 28, 2010 4:29 PM
    And somehow…somehow… Chicago manages to provoke what would have been Green Bays 20th penalty!!!
    ———–
    19th, but I don’t blame you for getting it wrong. You probably ran out of fingers and toes.

  29. ACS2 says: Sep 28, 2010 6:06 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    September 28, 2010 4:32 PM
    So if you lose your cool, and you are a black person, all you have to do is accuse someone of dropping an N-Bomb?
    There is nothing more than Collins word here saying ugly bear fan said it, and I am waaaay too skeptical to just buy that at face value.
    More like collins’ roid rage acted up and now he is covering tracks. I love how all of you are on insta-believe when it comes to these sorts of things, and rush to the defense of the player thereby showing just how non-racial you are. Kinda like our last election.
    net-net, no one knows and I’d have to see some eivdence produced to just jump on board with Collins.
    ————
    Right, right.. So he chose one guy to go off on and then made up a story about it? Sure, I believe that.
    Hey, do you have any more of those cool aluminum foil hats? I used mine in the oven last week.

  30. HankScorpio says: Sep 28, 2010 6:24 PM

    If anyone is interested in what I saw on the video, I did see it on the local broadcast on Fox 6. It was shot from about 20-30 feet away and there was just crowd noise audible. There are 3 or 4 Packer officials right there. Most in white polos but one in a green pullover with a baseball cap. I’m not sure if that distinguishes them between coaches, trainer or equipment guys or not. The one in green might have been Mike Trgovac (d-line coach) but I didn’t get a good enough look to say for certain.
    I couldn’t hear any words but there were words between Collins and the fan before Collins whipped his mouth piece at the fan. It was 720 high def but I didn’t see a flying loogie raining down on Nick. It would have had to have been a really nice one to show from that distance. After the mouthpiece flew, another Bear fan offered the old one finger salute, which I guess is understandable and reasonably harmless.
    There are plenty of witnesses to the story. Whether they’ll cover for Collins is open to discussion, I guess. My opinion is that he’ll be fined. Provoked or not, I think the league wants to ensure that is not condoned. But if Collins’ story has credibility, it will be more of a slap on the wrist fine. Working in Collins favor is that his nose has been clean, to date.

  31. pudgalvin says: Sep 28, 2010 6:38 PM

    Well, at least he didn’t try to suplex Matt Forte while a ref was blowing a whistle six inches from his ear as the Bears were driving to tie the game.
    He did, did he? Well then. Rough night for Collins.

  32. Sarge says: Sep 28, 2010 7:08 PM

    HA! Those 2 ham n eggers look just like Cutler and Urlacher!

  33. Contra says: Sep 28, 2010 7:27 PM

    # ACS2 says: September 28, 2010 6:05 PM
    Contra says:
    September 28, 2010 4:29 PM
    And somehow…somehow… Chicago manages to provoke what would have been Green Bays 20th penalty!!!
    ———–
    19th, but I don’t blame you for getting it wrong. You probably ran out of fingers and toes.
    ———–
    No youve got it all wrong. Most teams dont have upwards of 20 penalties in a game so I lost count. Heck, most GAMES dont have upwards of 20 penalties but the undisciplined Packers managed to rack em all up on their side of the ball.

  34. Selgae says: Sep 28, 2010 7:40 PM

    I didn’t know the Tea Party was into sports.

  35. ragnar6chicken says: Sep 28, 2010 8:19 PM

    Bears will lose 6 of their last 9…look at the schedule. See ya Lovie.
    =============================
    More Packer fan conjecture?.. lol
    Weren’t the Bears supposed to lose Monday night too?
    You have no way of knowing how they will fare in those games, no way whatsoever.

  36. ACS2 says: Sep 29, 2010 9:36 AM

    Contra says:
    September 28, 2010 7:27 PM
    No youve got it all wrong. Most teams dont have upwards of 20 penalties in a game so I lost count. Heck, most GAMES dont have upwards of 20 penalties but the undisciplined Packers managed to rack em all up on their side of the ball.
    ————-
    Well, 19 is probably a personal record for you anyway. Even better if you managed to get them in the right order.

  37. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 29, 2010 12:48 PM

    Enough of punishing the players. Yes, we expect to hold them to a higher level, but if fans are calling them the N-word and spitting on them, then the fans deserve whatever they get.
    i don’t think it’s fair to suspend & fine the players but not punish the fans. That fan should be kicked out of the stadium and have his tickets revoked. What a horrible human being.

  38. intrepidbullitt says: Sep 29, 2010 2:21 PM

    Game is over, the player should just run off the field, especially if it’s an away game. Problem solved.

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