Here’s one of the more bizarre things we’ve seen in a football game: A fan with front-row end zone seats at an Arena football game in Jacksonville grabbed the visiting team’s kick returner to prevent him from running the ball out of the end zone.
The fan of the Jacksonville Sharks got a 15-yard penalty on the home team for grabbing Georgia Force return man C.J. Johnson, and he was reportedly removed from his seat. But the fan also got high fives from Jacksonville Sharks players and was cheered by the fans around him. He celebrated and was clearly happy with himself.
Frankly, the incident was appalling: The fan interfered with the play and even grabbed at Johnson’s facemask, which could have caused an injury. The Arena league has always encouraged fans to feel like they’re part of the action, but here’s hoping the Arena league also makes it clear that grabbing a player on the field is totally out of bounds.