Steelers fan chokes pregnant Chargers fan on Sunday night

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Fan violence continues to be an issue at NFL stadiums.

According to PittsburghCurrent.com, a male Steelers fan choked a pregnant Chargers fan during Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field.

The details and photos can be seen here. We’re posting this not only because it’s newsworthy, but also in the hopes of identifying the man who has his hand on the woman’s throat.

If you have any information as to the man’s identity, let us know.

While these incidents involve a very small percentage of people who attend NFL games, one incident is too many, and teams need to do more to ensure that things like this don’t happen. While no assault can be prevented, every assault can be investigated, solved, and punished.

UPDATE 2:36 p.m. ET: Heinz Field has issued a statement on the matter. “We strive to make events at Heinz Field safe for our guests. This type of behavior seen in the photo is unacceptable and something we do not condone on our property. We are working with Heinz Field security as well as local authorities to gather more information on this particular incident as the Pittsburgh Police determines whether or not to press charges, and we will ensure those involved as the aggressors will not be permitted back into our stadium.”

52 responses to “Steelers fan chokes pregnant Chargers fan on Sunday night

  1. Take away the beer and hard alcohol from NFL stadiums and fights and these types of incidents would decrease dramatically.

  2. Which brings us to why alot of us dont go to games. Expensive tickets. Beer and cheap food are $30 and theres always some sort of drunk guy yelling

  3. I hope they get the guy, and prosecute him and he gets banned. And I’m sure it’s in the NFL’s best interest to protect visiting fans at stadiums known for zealous home crowds. All that very sincerely said, where is the Charger guy’s common sense at? I would not put my pregnant wife in that situation, even if it’s his legal right to do so. I think if I was going to go to Steelers game, or Packers, or Dallas or New Orleans or Patriots, I wouldn’t dress so obnoxiously as that’s just inviting a bad thing to happen.

  4. redmosquito16 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    but yeah, let’s keep ragging on philly fans because they threw snowballs at santa claus back in the 1960s…

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    Who would have seen this coming? Eagles fans inserting themselves into a situation that has nothing to do with them.

  5. redmosquito16 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    but yeah, let’s keep ragging on philly fans because they threw snowballs at santa claus back in the 1960s…
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    Ok, all of Philly, Jersey and Maryland are scummy arm pits of America. Feel Better?

  6. I wonder if it was the same section as the steeler fan head butting another fan and throwing haymakers. Take away their night games, they’re not going anywhere anyway.

  7. glenuendo says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:16 pm
    I sincerely hope they find this pig. I get being a fan and trash talk but once it becomes physical, there is no excuse.
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    Trash talk shouldn’t even be part of it. If I can’t bring my kids to a game because some loud mouth can’t handle his alcohol, then I’ll stay at home.

  8. saying that any fan of any team would support or defend this is just stupid. obviously there are some sickos out there, but calling out all steeler fans or the team itself is ridiculous. every team has a few idiot fans (and players) that I’m sure they’re not proud of.

  9. Not saying it is right or wrong, just that it isn’t as horrible as they are trying to make it.

    Google: steelers fan chokes chargers fan
    Click on the cbs pittsburgh link in featured
    The “choke” is at 3 seconds and replayed again at 22 seconds. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Once he realizes it is a girl, he lets go.

  10. The only thing stunning about this is that a Chargers fan exists, and spotted at a road game on top of it. This is as rare as winning the Powerball.

  11. Take away the beer and hard alcohol from NFL stadiums and fights and these types of incidents would decrease dramatically.
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    Attendance would decrease as well. I am all for having fun, and I have been pretty tuned up for games before – however getting in a fight has never even crossed my mind. Good natured ribbing, little trash talk is fun. Some people can not function with a few drinks in them.

  12. Everyone knocking Steelers fans should realize there were Steeler fans trying to get this guy to stop… There are always a few bad fans in each fan base that make the rest of the fans look bad.

  13. I would hardly call it a fight, let alone a violent fight LOL. To be fair, in a photo I saw, the woman has the man grabbed by the face, and he looks surprised. He may have been responding in kind when he grabbed her back. In the midst of an altercation involving multiple people, you don’t know what is coming next. Grabbing her and pushing her off may have been better than the alternative of punching her. He did grab her in the throat area but he did not yank her around, so it may have been a more defensive move. The woman was upset about her husband being pushed down, so she may have been aggressive. She appears to be injecting herself into the scrum. It’s not clear to me what happened before that, or leading up to it, but I read her husband had been told or asked to sit down, but apparently would not. The women is not obviously pregnant so there is no way to know that. I don’t think having that in the headline is fair. We don’t even know if that is true. Also, she looks a lot older than 26. Just saying. I’m sure the truth lies in the middle here. The guy was likely drinking and upset, and the Chargers fan was likely celebrating a bit too much. The big guy wasn’t throwing punches or anything so he probably isn’t a really violent person. He’s probably just obnoxious when he drinks. I’m guessing the guy wearing the Chargers suit had a little of that in him as well, but was more sober and smarter about how he handled the confrontation. You get some of this at every game. I’ve been with my kids and been the recipient of this kind of stuff because we had our teams Jersey’s on. Still, I’d be wary of going to a game in that environment. Sounds like there was a lot of disappointment in the stands Sunday night.

  14. Why is it that everytime there’s an incident like this the entire fan base gets judged? This an individual’s issue. He is a criminal and I’m going to guess this is not the first time he’s breached the lines of common decency or law.

  15. Ok I just looked up the video and to classify this as a choke is beyond a stretch. I’m not a fan of either team, but there’s no way I would say that she was choked.

    Honestly, go look at the CBS video.

  16. redmosquito16 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    but yeah, let’s keep ragging on philly fans because they threw snowballs at santa claus back in the 1960s…

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    For the record I believe it was batteries they were throwing. Also this has nothing to do with that

  17. Don’t blame this on the NFL.
    Blame the fan.
    It cannot be where if a fan, a coach, a GM, an official, or a player, farts so badly that HAZMAT is called…that the NFL is somehow to blame for it.

  18. One of the reasons I have stopped attending live NFL games. The HDTV experience at home is so much better in any event, and I would not take kids to the stadium. I went to Heinz Field once in my Ravens color back in 2010, and I was treated really well by the super majority of fans as a visitor – even got a high fives and fist bumps from the fans I was sitting next to when the Ravens won. That being said – there is always two or three yinzers that are hopped up on IC Light that want to start something no matter how polite you might be and looking for any reason to swing. I got accosted by a few simply walking out of the stadium. I also saw two fans – one in an Ed Reed Jersey and another in a Harrison jersey swinging haymakers at one another in the parking lot. I wonder if they ever realized that neither Ed nor James would stop to whiz on them if they were on fire. There are just too many fans that blur the line between rivalry and the real world – they take it to a level that the players simply leave on the field. I saw Casey Hampton and Haloti Ngata having drinks together at the Hard Rock in Vegas one time. It definitely is not blood sport to the guys that play the game.

  19. “redmosquito16 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    but yeah, let’s keep ragging on philly fans because they threw snowballs at santa claus back in the 1960s…”

    Fair enough. Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh at one end, Philly at the other and Alabama in between.

  20. A person, whether being ‘pregers’ or not, should be able to wear whatever jersey they want to whatever game they want without fear of repercussions. If a person takes their sports THAT seriously that they resort to violence, then perhaps they need to find another hobby, like basket-weaving. I couldn’t care less whether this was his ‘first time’ or not…. his actions are inexcusable.

  21. Spectator: a person who watches at a show, game, or other event.

    Sometimes I think some fans forget what they are. It’s not our team. Nor is it our stadium.

  22. The Pittsburgh Current has an interesting photo on their Twitter feed of the woman choking the man…or grabbing him by the face. She appears to be “the second man in” and the big guy looks very surprised to see her. I think he was just pushing back. I don’t think he was trying to hurt her. However he is going to get nailed to the wall for this because a wimminz was involved, even if she wasn’t invited.

  23. RogerThat! says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    redmosquito16 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    but yeah, let’s keep ragging on philly fans because they threw snowballs at santa claus back in the 1960s…
    ===================
    Ok, all of Philly, Jersey and Maryland are scummy arm pits of America. Feel Better?
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    Have you ever been to Boston? Never had an incident attending games in Baltimore or DC, but have seen several in Boston.

  24. Leman Russ says:
    December 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    RogerThat! says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    redmosquito16 says:
    December 4, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    but yeah, let’s keep ragging on philly fans because they threw snowballs at santa claus back in the 1960s…
    ===================
    Ok, all of Philly, Jersey and Maryland are scummy arm pits of America. Feel Better?
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    Have you ever been to Boston? Never had an incident attending games in Baltimore or DC, but have seen several in Boston.

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    Umm, no you haven’t. People rave about their experiences in Boston. Rave about them.

  25. Figures the photo site has been taken down already. So they must have been forced by authorities because the guy has been caught, or someone got blamed who wasn’t the right guy. All you have to do is watch Soccer all over the world to see bad behavior. I agree Alcohol has a large part of it but just like the rest of this Country take away the rights (or privileges) of the vast majority for the actions of the few, instead of fixing the problems at the source, Mental illness, the way kids are raised OR previously recorded issues of individuals in the past.

  26. Other than banning alcohol sales (which will never happen) I don’t know what teams are supposed to do. I guess they could be more strict on behavior and harsher with punishment?

  27. I never understood why the NFL, or at least the local police, didn’t routinely go undercover to a game by dressing up as fans of the visiting team. Hammer a few of the hard heads (banned from stadium), the rest will get the message pretty quick

  28. I’m sure the choker will blame the refs for driving him to violence. What a pathetic bunch of crazies.

  29. Like I say about all fans,don’t paint an entire fan base because of one person. I took my son to a game when he was 10 and walked out before halftime. The alcohol fuels stupidity and violence in the stands to the point where you are really not safe.

    A fan should be able to wear their teams’ jersey proudly wherever they go, without fear of attack from an idiot who is so drunk he or she does not know which end is up and I blame the owners because they don’t care how much alcohol is bought as long as the bucks keep rolling in.

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