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Undercover cops will wear 49ers jerseys in Seattle on Sunday night

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As the Seattle Seahawks prepare to host their arch-rivals on Sunday Night Football, the 12th Man needs to keep one thing in mind.

That 49ers fan you’re harassing could be a cop.

The Seahawks have announced that undercover officers will wear opposing team jerseys at home games, starting Sunday night.  The move comes less than two weeks after the Seahawks began using non-uniformed police to monitor fan conduct at CenturyLink Field.

“We have great fans,” Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin said in a team-issued release. “Our goal is to ensure a safe environment for all in attendance, including visiting team fans.”

The 49ers have taken similar steps, starting during the 2011 playoffs.  After Saints fans were harassed in the divisional round, officers outfitted with Giants jerseys attending the NFC title game.

Fans who are ejected from Seahawks home games are required to complete a four-hour online course, at a cost of $75, before being permitted to return.

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82 Responses to “Undercover cops will wear 49ers jerseys in Seattle on Sunday night”
  1. icdogg says: Sep 11, 2013 8:21 PM

    You mean they expect us to act *civilized* now? Feh.

  2. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 11, 2013 8:22 PM


  3. dragonfly99 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:26 PM

    Somehow Harbaugh will find a way to complain about this.

  4. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 11, 2013 8:26 PM

    They should do this at Raiders games. You’ll probably catch a few guys with outstanding warrants.

  5. bucrightoff says: Sep 11, 2013 8:26 PM

    Still better than Euro soccer fans. Still no blood or urine bombs, or flares in the crowd.

  6. raymondtx says: Sep 11, 2013 8:31 PM

    So “great fans” harass anybody not wearing a seahawk jersey?

  7. seattle49er says: Sep 11, 2013 8:31 PM

    Ill be there wearing my P. Willis Jersey. Go Niners!

  8. afcdomination says: Sep 11, 2013 8:32 PM

    Love it. you should treat opposing team fans with respect just like anyone else if they don’t make a lot of noise and aren’t taunting or disrespecting your team.

    its downright dangerous to go to a game at times, and there are children who get harassed, its just not right, and I’m glad the NFL is doing something about it.

  9. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Sep 11, 2013 8:33 PM

    Opposing fans need to be treated with basic respect as human beings. Some smack talking is fine, but if the fan doesn’t reply and doesn’t seem to want to engage you in conversation, just let them enjoy the game. They aren’t a punching bag. I hope other police departments around the country follow suit.

  10. somekat says: Sep 11, 2013 8:33 PM

    they WERE undercover

    Now they are just cops wearing 9ers Jerseys

  11. brownspower says: Sep 11, 2013 8:34 PM

    Great idea. ALL fans should be able to enjoy the game.

  12. jacketsfan7 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:35 PM

    Not so undercover now

  13. david37499 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:38 PM

    That’s pretty sad that fans can’t behave like civilized people. Hope the undercover cops nail them good!

  14. peytonshead says: Sep 11, 2013 8:38 PM

    As a person in law enforcement, it would probably be more effective if it weren’t broadcasted. Kind of like advertising where DUI checkpoints will be and when and still expecting to catch people. They’ll probably nab a couple people, but not as many as they could have.

  15. packfntk says: Sep 11, 2013 8:40 PM

    Good they should. Went there last year and they threw food and beer at us. Waste of alcohol. Not cool.

  16. dumbhobby says: Sep 11, 2013 8:40 PM

    Wouldn’t ‘undercover’ be naturally mixing in to the environment.

  17. wayupsouth says: Sep 11, 2013 8:44 PM

    I thought cops did this in every game in every city. If they don’t they should.

  18. gadzod says: Sep 11, 2013 8:46 PM

    So, you’re telling us undercover cops will be dressed as 49ers fans? How does that make them undercover then?

  19. 619sdfan4life says: Sep 11, 2013 8:47 PM

    Just look for The guys not drinking beer

  20. 12444uggg says: Sep 11, 2013 8:50 PM

    We have great fans, but we don’t actually trust them. I guess it would be safe to say Seattle fans as with the rest of the NFL’s crowds are just that, crowds.

  21. golforepar says: Sep 11, 2013 8:53 PM

    The Seahawks just need to put another 42 – 3 on them. That will be enough talk!

  22. charliedamon says: Sep 11, 2013 8:54 PM

    I like to remember the good old days – 3 years ago – when both these teams were hot garbage.

  23. haywoodjablomee says: Sep 11, 2013 8:54 PM

    I wish they would do something like this in Denver. Some of their fan base can be quite brutal.

  24. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 11, 2013 8:55 PM

    Who will protect the cops?

  25. cliffclavicle says: Sep 11, 2013 8:56 PM

    Too bad no one has stones enough to address the REAL problem re: “rowdy” NFL fans, which is quite obviously alcohol (beer specifically). A large percentage of these “great fans” go to these games fully intending to drink themselves into a staggering mess, leaving the other fans (those capable of enjoying an event without needing 27 beers beforehand) to deal with their idiocy.

  26. seatownballers says: Sep 11, 2013 8:58 PM

    They would do this at raiders games, except the officers refused for safety reasons

  27. thetooloftools says: Sep 11, 2013 9:02 PM

    Wow. Seattle is a tough crowd? Are they going to throw food toppings around? Wow. Raidernation is howling.

  28. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Sep 11, 2013 9:10 PM

    It’s a shame they can even find people willing to wear another teams jersey in their hometown to bust their hometown fans.

  29. goawayeverybody says: Sep 11, 2013 9:11 PM

    The Seahawks and 49er fans are absolutely the worst I’ve ever seen. I thank the league and Roger Goodell for instituting this police.

    Most classy fans I’ve seen are probably the Arizona Cardinals fans. Vikings fans are delusional by nature but they’re very nice to the opposing fans at the games.

  30. hensonlevi says: Sep 11, 2013 9:11 PM

    Id be interested to see the criteria for being “ejected” from the stadium . As an avid football and Seahawks fan heckling opposing fans is part of the fun as long as both parties are respected in the process I have had very good back and forth with niner fans at games before then we bought each other beers so like I said , I wonder what the grounds for ejection are?

  31. wisdomnfl says: Sep 11, 2013 9:11 PM

    Great idea. Should do at all stadia.

  32. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Sep 11, 2013 9:12 PM

    Don’t like either team, both coaches are extremely hateable. That being said should be a great game.

  33. demolition510 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    Poor cops

  34. grndizzle says: Sep 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    You’ll know who the cops are as soon as Seattle gets a TD or INT.

  35. calvinhobbes5000 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:17 PM

    They should do this in Philadelphia.

  36. seahonky says: Sep 11, 2013 9:18 PM

    So the guy wearing a 49er jersey cheering for the Seahawks is probably a cop

  37. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 11, 2013 9:20 PM

    They should do this for Patriot fans in Baltimore.

  38. contra74isloosbuthole says: Sep 11, 2013 9:21 PM

    Weird. I went to Seattle games a few times and they always had pretty polite fans. However lately it seems, when I visited recently, their fans have become increasingly belligerent. This is exceptionally funny for a team that has never amounted to much outside of a couple years in its entire existence. In fact I was always ashamed of Seattle’s ineptitude seeing how I grew up in the Northwest.

  39. olyniner says: Sep 11, 2013 9:25 PM

    I wear my 49ers gear every time they come to Seattle. When you wear another teams gear you have to expect some crap talk. These bandwagon fans get worse and worse every year.

  40. dartwick says: Sep 11, 2013 9:32 PM

    This should be done at every sporting event everywhere in the country.

  41. commonsensedude says: Sep 11, 2013 9:35 PM

    I’m not worried about the safety of those in the stands. They should put some undercover officers on the field at the end of the game when the coaches “shake hands.”

  42. livs34 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:35 PM

    What is this, Philly?

  43. jredshoes says: Sep 11, 2013 9:39 PM

    The last Seattle game I attended a hipster tossed a salmon at me

  44. lambeauphan says: Sep 11, 2013 9:42 PM

    Funny they are doing this for niner fans. Anyone been to candlestick as an opposing fan? I was there last Sunday and niner they are absolutely awful to us. It’s pathetic actually, youll never see anything like that at Lambeau

  45. brettfavresmidget says: Sep 11, 2013 9:46 PM

    I fail to see how this will prevent Philly fans from throwing snowballs at Santa.

  46. taintedlombardis says: Sep 11, 2013 9:47 PM

    It’s pathetic it has come to this.

  47. getyourownname says: Sep 11, 2013 9:48 PM

    Nothing says “we’re really serious” like a $70 online course.

  48. jimmydixx12 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:49 PM

    Maybe it’s the impending release of a certain major video game and my accompanying excitement talking, but folks should remember at the end of the day that’s its just a game…Kaepernick and Wilson seem to get that… BTW who else is excited about GTA V?!!!

  49. jordiway73 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:53 PM

    Its not the stadium you have to worry about its the walk back to your car if your team wins.

  50. beardinals says: Sep 11, 2013 9:59 PM

    I would think the NFL is broadcasting their intentions in order to give people a forewarning. I’m sure they’d rather have people behave than have them be arrested.

  51. mrsmell says: Sep 11, 2013 10:09 PM

    So much for the 12th man approach. Then again, I rather see a good game instead of a stabbing story later. Love me some SNF, for some reason the best games are always on SNF.

  52. abninf says: Sep 11, 2013 10:13 PM

    Are the cops going to wear flowers in their hair?

  53. osuhearsay says: Sep 11, 2013 10:26 PM

    Good thing this won’t be going on at the Steelers-Bengals game in Cincinnati because half of the fans may be mistaken for undercover cops.

  54. hillbillyjim says: Sep 11, 2013 10:31 PM

    They will be easy to spot, when it’s 31-0 at the half all the real 9er fans will be gone and the cops will be throwing skittles.

  55. silverhornet says: Sep 11, 2013 10:34 PM

    I hear they are doing this in Jacksonville, undercover cops wearing opposing team jerseys. .. not because Jags fans are trouble makers but rather a way to fill up the stadium!

  56. d0minate says: Sep 11, 2013 10:40 PM

    out tax payer dollars hard at work buying tickets for cops to go to one of the biggest games of the year.

    What a racket, this has nothing to do with fan protection.

  57. woodsidegil says: Sep 11, 2013 10:41 PM

    Long time 49er fan here. I went to the 49er/Packers game last week at the Stick and it was brutal. Drunks everywhere, fights, taunting, etc., and that was tailgating in the parking lot BEFORE the game. Right around kickoff time a drunk guy fell off a walkway and killed himself.

    They normally cut off beer sales at the end of the 3rd quarter. This time they cut it off before halftime.

    No mas for me. Hopefully it will get better next year at the new stadium because the ticket prices will likely weed out the trash.

  58. steeltuff says: Sep 11, 2013 10:49 PM

    Why announce it beforehand?

  59. screechdaddy says: Sep 11, 2013 10:56 PM

    As if we don’t already put up with more than our fair share of visiting teams’ fans and colors at the Clink, now we get to choke down even more of it.

    Odds are most of them will spend the entire game hanging out at the Top Pot doughnut stand, whining about the lack of maple crullers.

  60. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 11, 2013 10:58 PM

    Should be easy to spot them. They’ll be the 9er fans cheering everytime Wilson torches that sub par secondary.

  61. says: Sep 11, 2013 11:00 PM

    Telling fans that SPD will be wearing 9er jerseys is a LOT better deterrent than keeping the undercover effort a secret. The idea isn’t to arrest people-it is to encourage them to be respectful. That is better served by telling fans that the 9er fan walking by could be a cop who drew the worst assignment of their career…having to wear a 9er jersey.

  62. bert1913 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:05 PM

    as long as they don’t use bellevue cops this should work. (do a search on bellevue cops-seahawks)
    btw the cops will be drinking pop out of beer cups

  63. kylexitron says: Sep 11, 2013 11:12 PM


  64. jtylert says: Sep 11, 2013 11:17 PM

    peytonshead says: Sep 11, 2013 8:38 PM

    As a person in law enforcement, it would probably be more effective if it weren’t broadcasted. Kind of like advertising where DUI checkpoints will be and when and still expecting to catch people. They’ll probably nab a couple people, but not as many as they could have.


    That would make sense if their intention was to nab-as-many-people-as-possible… but this makes a billion times more sense from a prevention standpoint.

    As someone in law enforcement, I’m sad you didn’t think of that. There isn’t a high-score for “nabbing bad guys”. This will most likely make for a more conflict-free environment, and as someone who wants nothing to do with law enforcement, that’s a good thing.

  65. stonecoldboz says: Sep 11, 2013 11:24 PM

    “As a person in law enforcement, it would probably be more effective if it weren’t broadcasted. Kind of like advertising where DUI checkpoints
    will be and when and still expecting to catch people. They’ll probably nab a couple people, but not as many as they could have.”

    Stop thinking like the type of cop that makes people not like cops….maybe it’s not about getting people arrested as much as it is to simply keep the crowd under control and fans safe….if people know that undercover cops are there they are more likely to behave. It’s not all about you getting your ticket quota.

  66. trublazer says: Sep 11, 2013 11:30 PM


  67. stabbymike says: Sep 11, 2013 11:31 PM

    So much for being undercover

  68. rainponcho87 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:32 PM

    There will also be superheroes with superpowers at the game who will also be wearing 49ers jerseys. They will be playing the game.

  69. cball77 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:33 PM

    thetooloftools says:
    Sep 11, 2013 9:02 PM
    Wow. Seattle is a tough crowd? Are they going to throw food toppings around? Wow. Raidernation is howling.

    Hey tool of tools – Tell that to the guy in the 9ers jersey I saw get beat up in the upper bowl by 4 huge Polynesian dudes 2 years ago during the Hawks/Niners in week 1.

  70. raiderrob21 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:34 PM

    Easy to spot. Look for the guys wearing cargo pants with 49er Jerseys. They do this all the time at the Raider games. They get real pissed when you point them out. They threaten to arrest you. Just make a woooop whoooop sound or yell Five-oh at the guys in cargo pants and watch how pissed they get. Way too fun!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!!!

  71. nfl fan says: Sep 11, 2013 11:45 PM

    Why waste your time in Seattle, go straight to Philadelphia!

  72. greetingsfromminnesota says: Sep 12, 2013 12:09 AM

    Wait! I don’t think that anyone has pointed out yet that they won’t be undercover anymore if they wear 9ers jerseys…

  73. skinsfanwill says: Sep 12, 2013 12:28 AM

    Did Philly get this memo. they REALLY need to hear this idea. They still wouldn’t care. they already have a jail in the stadium and the fans are still a-holes

  74. redsoxclover says: Sep 12, 2013 12:31 AM

    This isn’t really going to happen. They just want Seahawks fans to have a reason to be scared of niners fans lol.

  75. mikemjr12 says: Sep 12, 2013 12:44 AM

    While this may be an effective measure, it’s highly deceptive. I don’t support bullying at a game, but seeing an opposing team’s jersey is inviting a certain kind of behavior.

  76. snaxstabler415 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:45 AM

    At least these cops will know what its like to wear a real teams jersey…

  77. dizzack says: Sep 12, 2013 6:16 AM

    Wearing an opponents jersey is a stupid troll move. Just put uni’s in the stands.

  78. jhop86 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:23 AM

    Do this at Philly games they’ll catch at least a few 100

  79. kaeptovernon says: Sep 12, 2013 7:24 AM

    The real truth here is that Seattle cops are 49er fans.


  80. colv says: Sep 12, 2013 2:20 PM

    My first Ravens game against the Steelers I didn’t know what to expect. Many Pitt fans in my sections that i could see. It was crazy great with the good banter between the Baltimore and Pittsburg fans. No fights or harassment just great AFC rival football with great fans enjoying the game. After the game we tried to find out if any trouble in other areas of the stadium. A cop friend said only minor issues really not us against them related stuff. But u know it happens.

  81. thetruth8888 says: Sep 12, 2013 3:40 PM

    There have been a lot of really entertaining and competitive rivalries in the history of the NFL, not sure anyone has ever had to go to these lengths…yikes.

    Low class coach, low class (PED) players, and apparently low class fans…

    Seattle is quickly turning into a very unlikeable team and fanbase.

  82. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 12, 2013 6:43 PM

    They’ll be waiting to arrest refs who call phantom touchdowns.

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