Disturbing video shows 49ers fans beating Vikings fan

AP

In a disturbing attack caught on video, multiple 49ers fans punched and kicked a lone Vikings fan outside Levi’s Stadium after last night’s game.

The widely circulated video does not show how the fight started, but Brandon Cosio, the 49ers fan who posted it on Facebook, wrote that fans “were talking smack to each other, getting into each others faces.” In the video, the Vikings fan is on the ground, obviously hurt, and he gets kicked in the head and punched. One security guard attempted to stop the multiple attackers, and eventually helped the Vikings fan back to his feet. No police officers could be seen at any point, even after onlookers had been screaming for help for more than a minute.

“ZERO cops were on the scene. ZERO,” Cosio wrote. “Santa Clara Police Department were no where to be found. Hopefully they can show up and arrest the parties in this video. Also give recognition to the security guard in the yellow jacket who was first on the scene, brave man getting in the middle of that brawl.”

Levi’s Stadium has been the scene of some of the ugliest fan violence the NFL has seen. Last year two fans were arrested and two fans were hospitalized after a fight in a restroom. The NFL has also canceled the annual Raiders-49ers preseason game because Bay Area hooligans used it as an opportunity to brawl with rival fans.

The vast majority of NFL fans go to watch a football game, not to get into a fight, but with around 1 million fans a weekend attending NFL games, there will always be a few who engage in violence. Those few are a major problem that the league needs to expend greater security resources to stop.

238 responses to “Disturbing video shows 49ers fans beating Vikings fan

  1. Disgusting. This fan is not one of the faithful. I hope this person gets prosecuted and banned from the games.

  2. There is nothing more pathetic than fan violence. What do these morons expect to get out of beating up another fan? Their proven loyalty earns them the honors of doing the coin flip before the next game? Maybe Kaepernick and Carlos Hyde become their new best friends? Anyone who beats up someone over sports is a loser, no exceptions.

  3. I’ve been to numerous NFL games around the country and only been threatened with actual violence once (completely unsolicited except for the opposing jersey I wore): at the 49ers’ Candlestick Park.

  4. me being a seahawks fan, in my opinion the most loyal fans in the nfc west are the arizona cardinals.. they support the team whether they are 5-11 or 11-5.. i saw hundreds of seahawks bandwagoners jump of the wagon after the rams game…

  5. It is football. We are suppose to have fun. I use to get free fifty-yard line field level seats to the Charger games and gave them up because of the violence in the stands. This is stomach turning.

  6. This is why you shouldn’t have a team in San Francisco.

    This isn’t an NFL or football problem, it is a California/San Francisco problem.

    It has happened repeatedly at football games and at 2 different baseball games.

    Absolutely pathetic. Makes me so angry to watch that drunk dude hop around like he’s on steroids, sticking his chest out kicking someone who isn’t even defending themselves.

    Disgusting fanbase, you deserve your terrible owner

  7. Alright people talk about Eagles fans as if they’re animals but besides verbal abuse it almost never reaches physical altercations, yet it seems every year in San Fran or Oakland there’s several stories like this. How does this not get Niners fans a reputation that is far worse than Philly’s? This is nothing new and yet it seems to avoid media and fan scrutiny. At this point I’d be far more worried about wearing opposing colors in San Fran than Philly and I think that’s backed up by fact.

  8. No excuse for any of these no fan deserves to be beaten like that.

    Maybe if the NFL could guarantee the safety of its fans more people would go to games rather than watch it at home!

  9. Doesn’t surprise me. I’m as big a fan of my team as anybody else out there but I will never go see them play live again. Between garbage like this and the ridiculous financial outlay it’s just not worth it.

  10. So, the whole story reads: Viking fan walking out pushes a woman, turns around and asks Niner Fans, “Who wants some”? Really? Keep runnin your punk mouth and this is what happens

  11. Pretty weak and I hope those bozos are busted — but unfortunately it reminded me of how the 49er O and D-lines beat the crap out of my team’s O and D lines all night.

  12. Cowards. They run in packs so they can intimidate and feel powerful. They also attack between the stadium and the parking lot because they can be confident the victim has no weapon.

  13. The Facebook post also says that the Vikings fan was “asking for it.” Just because someone is asking for it doesn’t mean you should give it to them. You’re stooping oven lower than them when you retaliate over something that matters so little.

  14. longsufferingkcfan says:
    Sep 15, 2015 1:34 PM
    The Facebook post also says that the Vikings fan was “asking for it.” Just because someone is asking for it doesn’t mean you should give it to them. You’re stooping oven lower than them when you retaliate over something that matters so little.

    _______________________________________

    *even

  15. This is not just a sports problem. Ferguson, Baltimore and other cities have been victims of those who feel justice lives at the end of a fist. Time for police or National Guards to start teaching these jackrabbits that there are consequences, be it sports fanatics or opportunistic faux protesters. Also, beer vendors need to own this. Overserving is a rampant problem and since these stadiums derive HUGE revenue from beer sales they must be proactive. Drunken tailgaters should be denied access to stadiums and removed from parking areas.

    And I’m wondering if it’s time to prohibit player jerseys? Wearing an opponent jersey is not always the brightest thing to do.

  16. Whats more disturbing is that there was a kid attending the Patriots ? game, this weekend, that tweeted he would run on the filed during play if his tweet received re-tweets. That kid was apprehended immediately and NFL security almost gave me an anal probe.
    But this at the 9’ers game is all honky dory.

  17. Well, that’s what happens when you get a bunch of beer-fueled idiots in the same place. In my opinion, selling beer at sports stadiums has made games no fun to attend. It’s fine except once you get people who have had about a dozen too many. Then you add in taunting fans of the opposing team and it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Frankly, it’s ridiculous. It’s a game. People who do this type of stuff at games should be banned from attending them again.

    I don’t see how people can take their families to these games. Never mind how expensive it is but with all the drunked idiots and fanatics who act like the game is life and death. Unbelieveable.

  18. Perfect, So Raiders fans can go to San Fran and fight. Meanwhile St Louis gets granted am expansion team.
    Rams and Chargers move to Inglewood,ca and become irrelevant in three years.
    Sounds Like a (Goodell)Plan.
    You want Kronke LA. Hahahahahaha

  19. Kicking someone in the head when they’re down is beyond dirty, it’s savage lunacy. Anyone who engages in this behavior should be charged with attempted murder in my opinion.

  20. I don’t get it, I’m a Bengals fan and I loathe, LOATHE, the Pittsburgh Steelers. I go to about one game a year and it’s typically the Steelers game and without exception by the end of the game I’m drinking and chumming around with a few Steeler fans.

    My God people, variety is the spice of life, learn to meet other people with different interests than you and your life will be better for it.

  21. Dont just assume because the game was in SF that the niner fans were beating this guy because he was a Vikings fan. Who knows what the Vikings fan may have done. Maybe he deserved it.

  22. At a major event like that there should be a visible contingent of cops near the exits. Presence is the first level of ‘force’ and is often the most effective. A couple of uniformed cops in the vicinity with the normal gear (radio, gun, baton, spray, taser) would stop much of this stupidity.

  23. A little pushing/shoving/punching is one thing, but kicking a dude in the head when he’s down on the ground? That’s insane and criminal… possibly attempted murder. I hope that piece of trash goes to jail for a long time.

  24. I watched this behaviour become common place at soccer games in England back in the 1980’s it is absolutely gross.

    These people need to be found and made an example of we do not need this in the USA.

    Good job by the security guard he needs to be recognised

  25. They need to find and prosecute these idiots.

    To the credit of some 49ers fans, as it became obvious that the security guard couldn’t get on top of the problem, a group of 49ers fans came to the Viking fans defense when he was down.

  26. let’s see… you:
    – pay an average of $360 for a family of 4 to go see a game
    – another $50 parking
    – another $75 food
    – sit out in inclement weather
    – in dirty stadiums
    – far away from the action
    – in uncomfortable seats
    – all of which you paid for with tax dollars
    – and risk being beaten, possibly to death, by some drunk that thinks being a fan gives a license to commit felonies

    or, we can grill some meat, pop some popcorn, and get a fantastic view from our couch on the big screen

    what exactly is the attractiveness of going to a live NFL game?

    nothing

  27. The NFL must do more to stop this insanity. It needs to pay for off-duty police to be outside every stadium to arrest the subhumans who behave like that.

  28. The NFL makes over $9 BILLION annually. I think it’s about time they hire private security to work at stadiums for their games.

  29. The NFL panders to the growing lower class in this country. With that, is the increased amount of low class trash that is walking into the stands. It is essentially,the hooliganism that takes part soccer matches around the world. Except they aren’t allowed to serve alcohol within view of the soccer field. NFL wouldn’t do that, too much money from beer sales. So all the binge drinking slobs with drunk muscles are welcome to pre party in the parking lot to stumble in and drop the rest of their money on over priced beer.

    The teams make enough money to at least have 1 police officer (similar to the amount of ushers) in the stands per section. How much extra cost is that per NFL team (6-10k per game?). Never mind that will never fly. The NFL is so broke they couldn’t get all angle end zone cameras.

    /rant over

  30. To those defending this because of the Vikings fan’s actions need to think it through. If he did push a woman (certainly deserves a punch to the chicklets), then either the woman or a guy with her then takes it out on him. Not entire group of people, that’s where I lose the just of this. Other than a terrorist about to do something, there is no need for a group of people to bash the skull in of one defenseless individual. Even if he is a knuckle headed Vikes fan.

  31. This is why we have jails. There’s no legitimate reason to kick someone in the head like that while he’s down. Just look at that guy jumping around like an animal…

    Disturbing indeed.

  32. As a Packer fan I’ve been to both Soldier Field and the Metrodome numerous times and have never felt threatened. Yes, there’s a lot of ribbing that goes on back and forth and it can get salty, particularily in Chicago, but never have seen it escalate like it does in SF.

  33. I went to the last Red Sox Yankees game at the old stadium. A young girl maybe 15-16 was wearing a sox jersey and a couple of yankee heroes were harassing her pretty good. I asked them if they ever picked on men or just young girls. And no I didn’t get my ass kicked.

    that said these guys are like biker gangs, 1%ers that don’t represent any city or team.

  34. Read the article, d0n’t assume.

    The classless Viking fan pushed a Niner’s fan wife into a barrier. The guy deserved to get beat down, let alone for being a loud mouth Viking fan running his big mouth after his team just got embarrassed on National TV.

    The Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    ZERO.

  35. Not saying the guy deserved a beating, but- My wife and I have had our lives threatened by Vikings fans in Minneapolis. They should feel sorry for us for being Bucs fans…

  36. Hate to say it but this happens too much with 49er fans. And yes I know it happens all over, but it happens ALOT in San Fran. Get your stuff together people. ITS A GAME!

  37. I know it’s not wise to wear (charger)blue there but I thought purple was supposed to be pretty melo. They should have gang detail at these games to stop all these knuckleheads from engaging in suburban terrorism

  38. The NFL is being run by an imbecile. Is anyone really shocked that a venue and area plagued by sports related violence would not be prepared with adequate police presence? I mean, it’s only the site of this years SuperBowl which is being marketed constantly. Why be ready?

    The only way the NFL is ready for anything is if the Colts shoot them an email.

  39. Apparently he shoved a 49er fan he was arguing with’s wife into a barricade then challenged the other 49er fans, which is why he got attacked by a random guy.

    Seems deserved. Assaulting a woman and and taunting a crowd of people? You get what you ask for.

  40. I live in AZ and I am a niners fan. Go to the game every year when they play here and without fail cards fans try to start fights with you just for wearing the opposing teams shirt. Happens everywhere

  41. The NFL in-stadium experience is by far the worst of the four major sports. I’ts not even close. The fans are always more belligerent and obnoxious.. The parking and traffic are always worse for NFL games.. The lines for everything are always much longer, whether it be at the gates, bathroom, concessions, or just to go to your seats. I love the Steelers, but I’m perfectly happy watching games at home or at my local bar with friends.

  42. I think the guy who walks away from the situation. Is a lot less like to have 5his sort of encounter then the guy who screams “any of you suckers want some of this., ”

    Be careful what u wish for…

  43. I hope every team that plays the Niners beats them and runs up the score massively, the same way the Niners fans were piling on this guy and continuing to pound on him long after he was down.

  44. Goodell claims he’s conscientious about player safety and has made changes to the game that reflect that.

    Now he needs to focus on Fan Safety. That is after all where all the money is coming from. The attacker needs to be identified and banned from future events. Let local law take care of the rest. He also needs to address beefing up security for fans by working with the city and the teams, before, during and after games.

  45. How in the hell did that guy get up?

    I hope there’s enough evidence to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Good to see enough 9ers fans jump in to help before the guy was killed. My one trip to San Fran was a mixed bag of jerks and nice fans. I think if I hadn’t been smart enough to ignore the jerks, or if I hadn’t been with a few women that were getting hit on by the jerks, I might have been in trouble.

  46. Not defending it but here’s the full story:
    The Viking fan and a 49er fan NOT the perp were talking smack to each other, getting into each others faces. A lot of fans from both sides were telling both people to stop and just walk to their cars. The Viking fan shoved his wife into a barrier to try to get to the 49er fan, then at that point the 49er fan walked away from the situation and that’s when the Viking fan got even more stupid. The Viking fan turned around and addressed everyone behind him (mostly 49er fans). He said ” what’s up, any of you f***kers want some?!” At that point everyone went silent for two seconds then as the Viking fan was turning around to walk away, the 49er fan in the black (at the beginning of the video who threw the first punch) tackled him to the ground. That’s where the video and violence starts.

    Common sense says it might not be with wisest idea to challenge people and yell them down in enemy territory -he instigated the entire situation. Sure there is no excuse for what happened, but when you poke your chest out asking “who wants it!?” you’re at a huge risk that someone is gonna take you up on it.

  47. Penalize the team by taking away primetime games for a couple of years.

    and in reference to: decon49 says:Sep 15, 2015 1:56 PM

    I live in AZ and I am a niners fan. Go to the game every year when they play here and without fail cards fans try to start fights with you just for wearing the opposing teams shirt. Happens everywhere

    Went to AZ with my Saints jersey on. Odd that I didn’t get in a fight. In fact, I thought the AZ fanbase was over and beyond a great crowd. Much more than I can say about the SF crowd.

  48. And this jerk just stood there taking video, with the thousands of other fans…. apparently men no longer attend 49’ers games, just fools, children and felons….

  49. As a Packer fan I dislike the Vikings fan base that said, no fan deserves this treatment at any away game. Words are fine, interesting even on a website like this, with hilarious back and forth. Punches and kicks have no place between fans of opposing teams.

    Hope the Vikings fan is ok.

    -Packers fan.

  50. Not sure why folks insist upon lumping Oakland fans in with the niners rabble. Yes, we are passionate – but there was a grand total of 1 fight last year and it was started by a niners fan. The only problems I have ever had are in SF and SD…and in both cases I’d attribute it to “little brother” syndrome. I know folks like to play like Eagles fans and Raiders fans are tough and gangster, but having been to both and regularly hanging out with people representing both teams, I don’t see it. Sure, they are passionate and loud, and can be perfectly obnoxious…but actual physical violence is rare in Oakland. Much more rare than in SF/Santa Clara. Or even SD.

  51. I been to the 07 game in candlestick in a Shaun Alexander jersey and last thanksgiving in a Earl Thomas jersey, there’s always jawing (me included) but some people (& alcohol) take it too far.

  52. Shouldn’t happen. From what I’ve read/heard the Viking fan started it even physically touched a miners fan and when a 49ers fan walked away he taunted the crowd asking is anyone wanted a piece. This shouldn’t happen by this wasn’t the case of innocent guy gets blindsided.

  53. No one deserves to get beat like that no matter what they say. Words are only words. That being said as a lions fan I will say the worse place I have ever went to see a game was in Minnesota. The fans are completely out of control there. Everyplace you go like bathrooms, food line etc… some are beyond good harassment. I have been tripped and had every beverage than dumped on me. Guy peed on my pants while I was using the urinal. Just total d-bags. Worst part is when you tell staff they just laugh at you. I have come to assume that’s the Viking way.

  54. I think is not a problem with NFL fans, but more of a problem with people not being able to control themselves… and I am talking about the guy that got beat up. If the story is true (we don’t know if it is, but if it is), then he got what he asked for. If he turned to a crowd of 49er fans and asked ‘who wants some?’, then yes, he’s asking for trouble. The same thing happened to me once at a party… I was drunk, someone wanted to fight my friend, so I kept yelling at people ‘who wants some’ and eventually got jumped by 3 guys. No one was saying it shouldn’t have happened. No one was defending the guys that did it, and the same goes for this guy. Sucks that it happened, but don’t poke the bear.

  55. I went to a game in Glendale AZ and was physically assaulted by one of the beer vendors. I was sitting on the end of a row and he didn’t like the jersey I was wearing and he shoulder smashed me.

  56. phillyphanatic77 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 1:31 PM
    Alright people talk about Eagles fans as if they’re animals but besides verbal abuse it almost never reaches physical altercations, yet it seems every year in San Fran or Oakland there’s several stories like this. How does this not get Niners fans a reputation that is far worse than Philly’s? This is nothing new and yet it seems to avoid media and fan scrutiny. At this point I’d be far more worried about wearing opposing colors in San Fran than Philly and I think that’s backed up by fact.
    —-
    Only been to one away game, and it was Seattle vs Philly last year. Granted, we had mutual friends that are eagles fans that we tailgated with, but all the other fans (besides one and he was just verbally abusive) were actually fine. Sure, they ribbed us, but it was all in good fun, we just smiled and kept telling them we only wanted to visit a real football city with great fans, so we chose Philly, that seemed to break the ice. Plus, philly was a great town to visit, i will go back.

  57. I wonder if alcohol played a role?

    Rules for Opposing fans at games:

    1. Don’t draw attention to yourself(lay low). Leave the jersey at home. Even if you are doing nothing but watching the game, there is going to be some drunk moron that gets in your face.

    2. Ignore drunk moron that gets in your face

  58. It gets cowardly when the guy is on the ground and the kicking and stomping increases. Three on one….you’re going to take your lumps. Kicked and stomped while you’re on the ground……time to stop.

    At Lambeau, we simply hand out golden and turf-hued flowers to fans of opposing teams.

  59. Are we sure this isn’t just game film? I can’t believe I wasted half a game watching this travesty. San Fran is an awful team and they lit up my squad. Oh well, at least I don’t have to live in WI.

  60. I’m a Seahawks fan that has gone to the Seahawks away games against the niners every year since the NFC west was reformed. I learned quickly not to wear any of my hawks gear. I quietly cheer for my hawks and get the heck outta there afterwards. I’m telling you that stadium is full of idiots. I’ve seen a few scuffles but what I mainly see is niner fans hoping something happens. They know they have the numbers so they get real confident. I go to Hawks home games, been to Denver, Arizona, St. Louis and Santa Clara. Every fan base including Seattles talk smack when there’s a different jersey there. It goes way too far in Santa Clara. I see it everytime im there. That’s why I just blend in when I’m there. Sorry to the niner fans that are decent too bad there aren’t very many of you. Nobody has it better??

  61. I lived in Santa Clara for 5 years and greatly dislike the 49ers. However, 40,000 people attended this game. A conclusion cannot be made based on the actions of 3.

  62. To joenash72

    No hiding in the restroom. You’ll get beat up in there too. Watch the video of a guy getting sucker punched waiting in line to use the urinal last year at Levi’s Stadium.

  63. They should have gang detail at these games to stop all these knuckleheads from engaging in suburban terrorism
    ****************************
    cuz that worked so well at the Monterey pop festival…

  64. The Patriots should have been arrested for that BEATING they put on the whiny Colts in the AFC Title Game…………now THAT was a brutal beat down folks.

  65. Seems deserved. Assaulting a woman and and taunting a crowd of people? You get what you ask for.

    Uh, no. For that you get arrested yourself. There is no justification for the circle-jerk of SF criminals attacking him.

  66. Looks like one fan “disciplining” another fan according to AP.

    At least it wasn’t a child. Leave that to AP.

    He should be out of the league. Please AP just go away!!

  67. Better security ratios might fractionally reduce this, but thinking that the NFL will just take that out of their profits is naive. More security = higher ticket prices for you and me.

  68. I figured boys will be boys. Anyways what was I going to do.

    That’s how things can escalate. Had I been stupid and acted out…. I would have been the bad guy.

    That’s ok…. The Cardinals or any team DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING on my team…..

  69. Roger Goodell denies having ever seen the video but when he does he notes he will be “shocked”.

    I think it is time to move professional sports out of the Bay area. If they can’t be responsible, the toys go into a time out.

  70. bad enough people getting into fights at a sports event

    but kicking a defenseless guy in the head when he’s clearly hurt on the ground….hopefully these guys go to prison for a few years

  71. The players start dressing like the Oakland Raiders, the fans start acting like those fans. Those uni’s were gross.
    SF has a huge problem on its hands with homelessness, so a few people scuffling at a football game doesn’t mean much to them.

  72. I don’t mind a fight. Most of the times, BOTH parties deserve blame. But Cmon man, when the guy is down, it’s over.

    Yes, alcohol made this worse

    In the end, take the jersey off after the game is over

  73. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Sep 15, 2015 2:20 PM
    Are we sure this isn’t just game film? I can’t believe I wasted half a game watching this travesty. San Fran is an awful team and they lit up my squad. Oh well, at least I don’t have to live in WI.

    ———
    See…. There’s the problem. It gets personal.

  74. Speaking for the East coast, Philly is just as hostile. Been there many times & it’s sad. It’s a freaking game people! NASCAR fans are the best in my opinion. You can fly any flag, wear any shirt, root for whomever you wish & nothing will happen to you. Hell, they even let you bring in a cooler full of beer & still no issues. What’s wrong with the NFL/people these days? Hope this guy is ok & all those saying classless organization, that argument is old & weak. They are not responsible for all that show up on any given game day & regardless of the amount of security, these things will continue to happen in today’s society where there is little to no respect for each other, property, authority & so on. Pathetic & I hope the guilty are caught, arrested & jailed for these heinous acts.

  75. The SF organization hopes over time these type of fan will eventually be weeded out of the mix. One of the MANY reasons why they have moved to Santa Clara. The old stadium was never a safe place to bring your families.

    My grandma (Niner fan) once had a beer poured on her head during a game, by a NINER fan, and was verbally abused afterwards. Yeah some other Niner fans came to help, but all their friends around them had a ball and laughed it for ten minutes before they were escorted out.

    As a Niner fan, I will say we do have some of the worst fans in the league. Have no respect for other fans from visiting teams whatsoever and will challenge anyone. Lot of our fans are still riding the coattails of the Montana-Young Super Bowls, even though half of them weren’t alive during them.

    I’ve been to other teams stadiums such as Packers, Cowboys, Chargers, Patriots, Steelers… even the Raiders and I’ve probably seen more fights in and around a one 49ers game than I have at all those stadiums. Its embarrassing and so classless, I don’t get it.

    We use sports a de-stress from our normal lives and I hate to see when peoples days get ruined because of things like this. It angers me this continues to go on. Even at bars around the Bay Area, Niner fans just don’t know how to control their anger with their own and fans of other teams.

    Security needs to be increased at all stadiums.

  76. They were probably just reenacting the game, though I doubt if they got the express written consent of the NFL to do so.

  77. It seems to happen every year in one or more of the major sports – fans treat team uniforms like “colors” and react when someone else visits their field in opposing “colors”. We had a Seattle radio personality that was able to go to a game at Yankee Stadium before it went away and was fortunate enough to see a classic Yankee-Red Sox game. The crowd was so internally violent that any enjoyment of a classic game gave way to fear to be in the stadium. Genuine fear and she wasn’t wearing anyone’s team colors. She was only interested in the experience of the facility and had no interest in who won or lost.

    We react to the moment but it goes deeper than that. Below is a press report from a city north of Seattle. They are taking the color thing seriously. Maybe sports should also.

    EVERETT, Wash. —
    Mariner High School in south Everett is banning students from wearing sports jerseys or apparel from non-Seattle area teams.

    The new policy was detailed in a “welcome back” letter from the principal. He said those shirts have become symbols for certain gang affiliations.

    One student attending freshman orientation thought the changes were sensible.

    School administrators said they made the decision after consulting with an Everett law enforcement task force that said it had been seeing an increase in gang activity around the campus.

  78. How bout putting the phone down and helping the guy out? Glad to see a few fans trying to help the on the ground though you wouldn’t know that by reading this article

  79. “WHY DIDN’T THOSE SECURITY PEOPLE HAVE A NIGHT STICK OR MASE? Unarmed “security” is no security.”

    Ha, do you really think a $13 an hour security guard with a night stick wants to risk becoming the next Darren Wilson?

  80. I hate to say it, but if you think this is bad, stay tuned for when the “little angels” from Boston arrive in WNY Sunday. If there ever was a fanbase that epitomizes “poking the bear” it’s NE fans.

  81. Been to games up and down the east coast and have only had problems in Buffalo with a couple of over served idiots. Best time I’ve had with other fans was in Philly and Foxboro.

  82. I was planning to take my family to a game this year but it looks like they have some security issues to fix. I won’t feel safe knowing this could happen. Is sad

  83. The best way to get the “powers to be” to actually protect fans who spend their hard earned money attending these games is to stop buying tickets and attending games in such stadiums.

  84. Security at these games needs to be better managed. I watched a drunk Charger fan try to fight an entire section. He was standing in the aisle and someone politely asked him to sit down. He tried to fight 4 different people, luckily no one fought back, no security to be found and when they finally made it to the area they stood and watched until a 3rd showed up and intervened.

  85. beavertonsteve says:
    Sep 15, 2015 2:45 PM
    “WHY DIDN’T THOSE SECURITY PEOPLE HAVE A NIGHT STICK OR MASE? Unarmed “security” is no security.”

    Ha, do you really think a $13 an hour security guard with a night stick wants to risk becoming the next Darren Wilson?
    ——
    I know, really! Amazing how little people know about event management/ security etc. yet still spout opinions.

  86. Additional security wouldn’t help this situation. Most building employed security are instructed to not get involved during situations such as these, for the exact reason in the video. They are instructed to try and calm the situation with out physical contact, and if that doesn’t work, call the authorities. They need better police presence, especially post game and so close to the stadium. How this happened to last as long as it did without police involvement is insane.

  87. BTW, for those above from Philly saying this don’t happen there, why is there a jail in your stadium? When the Colts left Baltimore, my Mom & I decided to Cowboy it up since we were surrounded by NFC east teams we could not stand. Went to many a game in DC, Jersey & Philly. Only in Philly did we get beer thrown on us for cheering, Mom was spit on for her Aikman jersey (which of course led to a quick scuffle) & one year we came back to the lot & had 4 flat tires & a busted windshield. Yeah, very classy Philly. This does not mean all are bad, just like in Santa Clara, but unfortunately, many are judged by the actions of a few. Having gone there for 10 years straight, I have lots of experience & I can only recall 1 incident free visit. Never an issue in Jersey & only once out of 10 or so trips to DC.

  88. I’d really like to know how such punk asses can afford to buy tickets and attend games? Got to be some trust baby, spoiled brats with chips on their shoulder. I mean why would you spend $80 to pour a $10 beer on somebody or kick them outside in the parking lot you just paid $15 to park in? Total craziness.

  89. neilpountney says: Sep 15, 2015 1:42 PM

    I watched this behaviour become common place at soccer games in England back in the 1980’s it is absolutely gross.

    These people need to be found and made an example of we do not need this in the USA.

    Good job by the security guard he needs to be recognised

    Yeah,
    and enormous strides have been made in combating both domestic and international hooliganism in English soccer. This was done through massive cooperation between Scotland yard and local clubs. The major offenders in hooliganism are all well known, well documented and in many cases cannot get near a soccer stadium in this day and age. If the nfl was proactive which we all it isn’t they would consult with English authorities on this before it gets more out of hand. Remember though that these are isolated incidents and the problem is no where near the scale of the problem in European soccer where pitch battles in the street and at stadiums were very common in the 70’s 80’s and early 90’s.

  90. Unfortunately, this isn’t unusual at 49’er games anymore. Didn’t two people die at Levis stadium last year??? Its sad, but 49’er fans are not the Wine & Cheese crowd of the Joe Montana days. Its now the gangland colors of the red and gold. Go at your own risk.

  91. While I find this horrific, all the comments of why I dont ever go to games is over the top. I would argue this is the exception vs the rule. As a Ravens season ticket holder I have opposing fans in front of me almost every game. There is always banter back and forth but also a handshake and good luck wish at the end. Maybe everyone who attends an NFL game should videotape that and post it so there is not the perception this is the norm. And yes I know there are a..hole fans in Baltimore because they are in every stadium!

  92. Should the NFL hold the team accountable?

    I don’t think so but the NFL is so hypocritical.

    They Seem like repeat offenders with complete indifference, yet the noose keeps tightening on player personal conduct. Isn’t this worse than smoking pot ?

  93. Hopefully they’re caught and prosecuted. I will say this though, the problem isn’t exclusive to San Francisco. I’ve been to 4 NFL stadiums in Denver, Dallas, St Louis, and Kansas city, I’ve witnessed altercations in each and every one of those visits, and was sucker punched as a visiting fan in Denver after my team beat the Broncos. This is a league wide issue that needs to be dealt with.

  94. I love how everyone is acting like this is a new thing for that area.

    From Oakland to 49ers,,, they consistently perform the most disgusting acts year after year. Brutal beatings, gang fights, but Philly is the worst right?? cut me a break.

  95. The Vikings fan throwing his wife into a metal barrier prior to him getting beat up makes me feel a lot less sorry for him. Not that our fans’ actions were justified.

  96. GROWN MEN fighting eachother over a GAME as they wear the ATHLETE shirts.
    LOSERS stay LOSING!!!..losers..still losing, don’t be shy help type this along with me.

    .

  97. otis52gsh says:
    Sep 15, 2015 2:14 PM
    No one deserves to get beat like that no matter what they say. Words are only words. That being said as a lions fan I will say the worse place I have ever went to see a game was in Minnesota. The fans are completely out of control there. Everyplace you go like bathrooms, food line etc… some are beyond good harassment. I have been tripped and had every beverage than dumped on me. Guy peed on my pants while I was using the urinal. Just total d-bags. Worst part is when you tell staff they just laugh at you. I have come to assume that’s the Viking way.

    ////////////////////////////////

    You got it. Same thing when they visit Lambeau. Most arrests at Lambeau are out of towners. There was an article last week about where the fans come from that are arrested at Lambeau. First Place: Viking fans.

  98. Rivalries are fine. I’m a Packer fan and hate the Vikings because they oppose my team. Look at all the ribbing that goes on here…

    Bottom line for me. Its a game and its all tongue and cheek for me and most of us here. I would never wish harm of a Viking fan or any other for that matter. People don’t respect each any more.

  99. NFL a year or so back was putting security at the games dressed in opposing team gear, they need to do this at a high level for a while again until it sinks in that that may be a security person or cop your starting crap with and then it’ll die down. Love the Chiefs but just love football, have friends who like many different teams. I would love to see the Chiefs at lease once a year in Oakland or occasionally San Fran since I’m in Reno and KC is obviously too far away but it’s not worth this. Stadiums complain about unsold seats, here’s your reason. P.S. did see a lot of great San Fran fans last night having a great time with Viking fans on TV. Its not all of them

  100. It appears the Viking fan started it. Doesn’t matter.

    If you have to get your buddies to help you in a fight, if you have to kick someone in the head when they are down, you obviously are scared and cannot handle things on your own.

    Had things not got to that point, the video would most likely never seen the light of day.

    Hopefully the scum that continued the fight after the Vikings fan was down are at least man enough to turn themselves in and let the chips fall where they may!

  101. I’m a Chiefs fan, and I went with a buddy with is a Bills fan to see the Buffalo play the Texans in Houston last year. I wore a Chiefs jersey because hey, I’m a fan and I wanted to rep. my team even though they weren’t playing. Some drunken jerk STILL tried to pick a fight with me even though I didn’t give a damn who won the game. He outweighed me by probably 100 pounds. Who knows what would have happened had I been wearing a Buffalo jersey. Not worth it.

  102. Amazing there wasn’t security nearby after what’s happened in the past. No one deserves a beating like that over a game played by mercenaries.

  103. Thank god this didn’t happen in Philadelphia, because we would never hear the end of how We’re such awful fans.

  104. Everyone acting like the Vikings fan deserved this because he affronted the 49’ers fans with a challenge, “Who wants some?”

    The bigger man would have simply told the Vikings fan, “no one wants any so carry one towards your DUI.”

    Anyone who thinks violence solves problems is sadly mistaken.

  105. After attending 2 Redskin games (at FedEx) with my wife a couple of years ago, I decided “never again”. The first was out-of-control Cleveland fans, so I thought it might be a fluke. The 2nd problem was with Redskin fans — they were just so drunk I’m not sure they knew where they were.

    Fights, people falling over railings, … alcohol problem maybe?

  106. ravensroostoftexas says:
    Sep 15, 2015 2:56 PM
    BTW, for those above from Philly saying this don’t happen there, why is there a jail in your stadium

    ———-

    This is why I don’t take comments here seriously. There isn’t a jail in our STADIUMS. There WAS a temporary holding cell in the Vet though, which was last used September 2003, built 1967, and demolished in 2004. Yeah, the Eagles play at the Lincoln Financial Field now and the Phillies field is Citizens Bank Park. I just thought you should know that as you’re obviously still living in the 1960s. I bet you still complain about the snowballing of Santa, while using your living room film projector.

  107. These guys are not fans, they are, want -to-be gang members. That think they are protecting the team they root for.

  108. I love how because of one incident all the self righteous label all SF fans as horrible and that Levi’s is a horrible stadium for fans. There were 70k people and 69,990 had no issues but the stadium is dangerous. Just stop. These incidents are horrible but are in no way indicative of all SF fans, or NFL fans for that matter. Get off your soapbox and give it a rest. Your sanctimonious attitudes are pathetic and small minded.

  109. I got a good idea.. If you are a fan of the opposing team don’t wear the jersey! That simple. Grown men should not be wearing Jerseys anyways. Why wear one? You are only wearing for attention. I go to TONS of away Raiders games. I don’t wear a Raiders JERSEY. I wear a plain black shirt..
    NFL should only sell Jerseys for kids. It’s weird to me that a 40 year old man would wear a Derek Carr Jersey.. It’s weird! You are old enough to be his dad plus you would not like Derek Carr as a person.. Trust me I know him. He is annoying. His team can’t stand him either… He is like a Tebow with his religious stuff.. Ask Stevie Brown

  110. You except a Sanctuary city, who doesn’t care if convicted felons who are deported come back and kill innocent Americans, to actually care about the safety of NFL fans???

    This is the way it works. Until someone is actually murdered, they’ll escape all criminal action. And it isn’t as if fans simply aren’t going to go.

    Now, if fans DID do that, maybe things would change, but then you’re punishing the team for the act of a few morons.

    I gave up hoping the right thing would be done in our nation a long, long time ago.

  111. Niner nimwits……and they use to try to say it was always the raiders fans, and the niner arrogance would just point fingers……well hate to say it there but to all those with niners “class” but this keep happening even when you are not playing the raiders.

    Hope the both of them sue Santa Clara County…..Almost as funny watching BSPN showing a cable car during last night. What does San Jose have to do with San Francisco. Maybe the could have shown the Santa Cruz roller coaster as well.

    Maybe the Raiders can wear Red Uniforms next game, well on second thought……

  112. Always happens with Niners fans. They have different stadium policies than the Raiders do in Oakland. Raiders used to have issues back in the eighties and early nineties, so you can’t buy beer after the third quarter, and security is well staffed. Can’t say the same about the Santa Clara Forty Niners.

  113. 1849ers forcibly removed and murdered 100K Native Americans during the Gold Rush while raping their women and children… all facts.

  114. A few lessons here:

    1. Don’t be outnumbered in a parking lot, and remember whose parking lot you are in.

    2. Visiting fans should be the most behaved of all. See (1) above.

    3. Read the story, posters: this was Santa Clara, so never mind the SFPD references.

    4. SF fans: You won, it is not soccer, and does it make ya feel better?

    5. Don’t incite with your language, gestures, team jerseys, loudness, and rub-it-in attitudes. Someone will be recording it, in this day/age. But is it not better to just go home as though it was a wake (for one side, it is)? Be good winners and losers, though you had exactly a blade of grass impact on the game.

  115. To the 9er fans saying how this was only like 2-3 individuals and they don’t represent your fanbase, watch the video. It’s literally like a dozen or so wannabe gangsters beating on this dude and other wannabe gangsters taking cheap shots as they walk by. Also remember those two obese meth heads that put that little indian dude (who was also a 9er fan) into a coma last season? Just face it, this is your fanbase now. Trashy as can be

  116. To all you retards that wanna take a shot at the 49ers yea its so the teams and owners fault that fans get in to fights i guess they send out subliminal messages to get in to fights with the other teams fans get a clue these were low life degenerates that have no class they dont represent the niners fan base as a whole and i think they should be thrown in jail for the next 5 years and baned from ever steping foot on a nfl stadium property again

  117. Unfortunately this happens more than even gets reported there. Last year some 49er fans put a 5’3 100 girl in the hospital.

  118. I lived in SF in the late 90’s/early 2000s and never had any issues at the games I went to. Fans were literally having cheese and wine in the parking lot tailgate. I went back in 2008 and the crowd was night and day. Dudes looking to start trouble left and right. A real shame, love the Niners but their fan base has taken a turn for the worse.

  119. I did not see the video and have no desire to watch it…but I do have to disagree with many people here. Saying that you should never kick someone in the head when they are down is ridiculous.

    If you are attacked or feel your life is in danger, you SHOULD kick someone in the head when they are down. You want the person that attacked you to stay down. The last thing you want to do is allow them to get up and come after you again, or even pull a knife or gun on you. I was attacked several years ago when I was vacation, if I didn’t kick the person in the head multiple times when they went down, my wife and I would probably be dead by now.

  120. Disgusting. Unfortunately this is present at modern sports venues. Sports should bring us together as fans not divide us and turn us into brutal savages. I hope that the perpetrators are found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

    As for the several comments above echoing the “classless organization” sentiment. …….get a life.

  121. This is why I don’t take comments here seriously. There isn’t a jail in our STADIUMS. There WAS a temporary holding cell in the Vet though, which was last used September 2003, built 1967, and demolished in 2004. Yeah, the Eagles play at the Lincoln Financial Field now and the Phillies field is Citizens Bank Park. I just thought you should know that as you’re obviously still living in the 1960s. I bet you still complain about the snowballing of Santa, while using your living room film projector.
    ==================================
    Never been to the Linc, my experiences at the Vet were bad enough. This is the answer from my friend back in Philly, sorry if I was off a tad.

    Veterans Stadium used to have an actual jail in there & had a judge assigned to the stadium, handing out fines during the game. The new stadium had the courtroom built, but was closed due to decrease in incidents.
    ==================================
    If this is true, congrats, ya’ll have grown up.

  122. I personally don’t drink. If anyone thinks there are attendance issues in some cities now, take alcohol out of the picture and see what happens.

  123. 9ernation35 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 5:13 PM

    To all you retards that wanna take a shot at the 49ers yea its so the teams and owners fault that fans get in to fights i guess they send out subliminal messages to get in to fights with the other teams fans get a clue these were low life degenerates that have no class they dont represent the niners fan base as a whole and i think they should be thrown in jail for the next 5 years and baned from ever steping foot on a nfl stadium property again
    ______________________________

    We don’t blame the team or the owners, we blame bay area parents for hitting the pipe during pregnancy. Seriously 9er fans, grow up, move out of mommy’s house, get a real job where you dont have to wear a clip on name tag, realize that football jerseys are not for playing pretend gangsters, and most importantly stop jumping individuals at football games. It doesn’t make you look tough, it doesn’t make people scared of you, it does exactly the opposite.

  124. Ever since I went to an away game in Green Bay, I treat opposing fans the way I was treated. They were so pleasant and hospitable offering cheese curds and deer sausage. I suppose they might be different for Viking fans, but I will just assume they are the same. Green Bay love changed my behavior.

  125. I will not attend NFL games in person anymore due to conduct like this. Im sure this fight is only the half of it. The drunkenness, the cursing, it’s all too much. I’m going to pay hundreds of dollars to go see an NFL game for that kind of experience? No way. Not to mention that when you’re watching the game in person you fully realize that the advertising tail is actually wagging the dog at this point.

  126. Congrats to the 49ers fans for being in the news again for fighting opposing fans. Makes your team and your fan base look really good. Your such losers. Wow, your a tough guy, congrats people, congrats.

  127. Don’t lump OAK Coliseum into this, those that are above.

    Not ONE of these famous incidents has happened in OAK. It is SF/Santa Clara and it always has been.

  128. ttoptom says:
    Sep 15, 2015 4:11 PM
    After attending 2 Redskin games (at FedEx) with my wife a couple of years ago, I decided “never again”. The first was out-of-control Cleveland fans, so I thought it might be a fluke. The 2nd problem was with Redskin fans — they were just so drunk I’m not sure they knew where they were.

    Fights, people falling over railings, … alcohol problem maybe?

    ——————————————————————

    I stopped going to games after the ’08 season after witnessing a Skins fan spit on a 9-year-old girl who was wearing the jersey of the opposing team. He was thrown out, but it bothered me the rest of the day, and I swore to never go back, unless you get me a field pass or put me up in a suite. It’s a game. If you’re going to let a child’s game turn you into an animal, you need to reevaluate your life. It’s entertainment. They’re not out there curing cancer. Get over yourselves.

  129. The guy who assaulted his fellow 49ers fan in the bathroom at Levi got 5 years. So good luck in prison morons. Caught on video. They will be outed. Santa Clara, San Jose,SF. 49ers gear is gang colors. Typical Vikings fan idiot starting a fight with people who fight in packs. Lucky he didn’t get stabbed or shot.

  130. So what are you doing about this Mr. Goodell? Why can’t billionaires hire some more security to police the parking lots after the game?…Nope let’s worry about deflated footballs.

  131. While walking to my seats at the Ralph with my girlfriend last year, some obnoxious pats fan decided to scream “YEAH PATS” in our faces when we passed on the stairs with no provocation, startling both of us.
    I personally don’t really care what team you choose to root for and in fact it annoys me when I see my fellow bills fans being rude to visiting fans, but this guy really had one coming to him. I ignored him because I value my season ticket privileges and choose not to drink at games, but it wouldn’t have surprised me at all if I later saw him at the receiving end of a beating like the Vikings fan in the video.

    To all fans home or away, be civilized, it’s just a game. Cheer for your team, watch the game, have fun, get home safe. The fighting, insults, rudeness, etc just need to stop.

  132. danderone says:
    Sep 15, 2015 4:26 PM

    I love how because of one incident all the self righteous label all SF fans as horrible and that Levi’s is a horrible stadium for fans. There were 70k people and 69,990 had no issues but the stadium is dangerous. Just stop. These incidents are horrible but are in no way indicative of all SF fans, or NFL fans for that matter. Get off your soapbox and give it a rest. Your sanctimonious attitudes are pathetic and small minded.
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    It comes with the territory…all 69,990 fans are now tarnished with image. I should know. Growing up in Philly, near Santa Claus was hit with snowballs in 1960…I was 3 years old. People still talk about it like it happened yesterday.

  133. A few years back I saw Vikings/Chiefs fans fighting in the street after the game. One woman was right in the middle of it until she got knocked out. When I yelled at the guys to stop brawling and see if she was OK she woke up and told me in no uncertain terms – and not very ladylike- that I’d be next if I didn’t back off.

  134. Why does it always seem like Viking fans are involved? Maybe they should just CHEER for their team,stop the personal insults against other teams fans and enjoy it for what it is …….a GAME. If that can’t work,maybe they should just shut up and stay home.

  135. The police can’t be everywhere at all times.

    If only the Vikings fan had been armed or had pepper spray, he could have told those hooligans to back off peacefully.

  136. “Security needs to be increased at all stadiums.”
    ——————–

    Maybe not in Green Bay though. They’re typically so nice to visiting fans that fist fights are made almost impossible.

  137. Fights at NFL games are great… I don’t get involved and usually it’s one dope hitting another dope… It’s watching the bottom 1% self police… What’s better than that?

  138. In the 1980s the 49ers were a class organization with a classy team that commanded respect whether you liked them or not.

    Those days are gone and will never return.

  139. Are we sure this isn’t just game film? I can’t believe I wasted half a game watching this travesty. San Fran is an awful team and they lit up my squad. Oh well, at least I don’t have to live in WI.

    this above is the exact reason no one feels too bad about a Viking fan getting the crap kicked out of him. Its not a game to them, its not fun, its all about degrading other people. They are the Al Sharptons of sports fans. All they do is butt in where their opinion is not wanted and spout off nothing butBS and hate.

  140. I was at the game-Viking Fan. I also went to the 49er tail gate party, and walked the entire parking lot filled with 49er fans to get there. I was a bit concerned, but we had nothing but a great time. We had good natured ribbing and laughed and enjoyed the evening. We cheered as much as we could given how bad the Vikes were! At no time did anyone tell us to sit down or the like. Mostly we took pictures with the other 49er and Viking fans. I don’t know this guy and at no point is a beat down justified, but one has to be wise enough to know that there will be knuckleheads and beer muscles at a sporting event. No different than at the Metrodome in the past. The dude and woman who kicked him in the head when he was down need to be charged with assault with intent and also charged with being a coward.

  141. 49ers much worse than Oakland. Been to Oakland twice just a couple of small incidents no big deal.

    Cleveland is horrible always glad to see them lose.
    Buffalo is bad. Haven’t been to Philadelphia yet I’m sure it would be near the top of the list

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