Heinz Field vows to ban fan who choked pregnant Chargers fan

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The yet-unidentified Steelers fan who put his hand on the throat of a pregnant Chargers fan may have seen his last NFL game in Pittsburgh.

“We strive to make events at Heinz Field safe for our guests,” a Heinz Field spokesman said in a statement. “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.”

It’s the right approach. Again, these actions can’t be completely eliminated. But a stern, swift, and decisive response can go a long way toward deterring similar behavior in the future.

Here’s hoping that the powers-that-be quickly identify the man, that he be permanently banned from Heinz Field, and that he be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

34 responses to “Heinz Field vows to ban fan who choked pregnant Chargers fan

  1. After being punched in the side of the head by a Bengals fan during an AFV Wildcard game, I didnt think fans could get much worse. Sad to see a Steeler fan proved me wrong. This is sick.

  2. Here’s hoping that the Steelers quickly identify the man, that he be permanently banned from Heinz Field, and that he be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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    Why don’t you hold these same views for an NFL player? So it’s okay to give NFL players second/third chances, but not their fans? Double standards for the famous athlete.

    For the record I haven’t seen the video on this.

  3. Please refrain from punching, choking or head-butting the other people in your section. Thank you.

  4. How do they enforce such a thing? I can see maybe restricting his ability to purchase a ticket but they don’t ID you when you enter. Can just have a buddy buy his ticket.

  5. Remember when folks could control themselves in public? I miss those times. I think the internet has something to do with folks going unfiltered 24/7 365. We seem to only have respect for ourselves.

    I can decide if we as a society have extremely low self esteem with would explain why everyone is so defensive about everything? Or as a society we have ridiculously high self esteem where we think we are above the rest so our actions do not matter.

  6. Can’t we all just get along ? I mean a pregnant woman ? It just a different Logo/Jersey/City…..and thats it.

  7. “barkhardandloud says:
    December 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    Surrounded by snowflakes obviously, how did this dude make it out the stadium?”
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    Great question. Although, if a man were to stick up for her they would find a way to spin it in a negative.

  8. .
    Never get into any altercation at Gillette Stadium. That place is a police state. They’ll unleash hell on you.
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  9. “The yet-unidentified Steelers fan who put his hand on the throat of a pregnant Chargers fan may have seen his last NFL game in Pittsburgh.”
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    Are we 100% certain it was the Steeler fan that was the aggressor? What if the subsequent investigation shows the couple attacking the dude and he was trying to fight off both of them by himself?

    Don’t see why anyone needs to jump to conclusions based on just a photo. Let the investigation finish first.

  10. Had threats as a visiting fan in SF, Chicago, Philly and Cleveland. Only Cleveland had the angry guy next to me pulling out a knife…to clear ice off the ledge in the Dawg Pound.

  11. Okay, I just watched the video. Don’t look at the photos – watch the video.

    What’s in the video is the Steelers fan seemingly being piled onto by three Chargers fans and, in the process of pushing them away – including the woman, who seemingly had her hand on his throat first – he put his hand on her neck – seemingly incidentally – for about 1/5 of a second.

    Literally, just the blink of an eye. And it very much looked like just an unfocused attempt to push away that lasted only a split-second.

    The photo makes it look like he’s choking her to death and holding her in his grip. It’s the illusion that a still frame can create. When you see the video, you can see that it’s completely untrue and inaccurate as a headline.

    Who instigated what? The video doesn’t say. But what *is* in the video is several people being mildly belligerant to one another, a bit of pushing and shoving, and absolutely nothing serious or violent to more than an extremely mild degree, and only for a moment. The whole thing’s over in a moment and no one involved looks like they really want to hurt anyone else.

  12. As my comment above points out, this is the problem with our instant-react media & social media. The first impression/account gets blurted out by everyone as fact, when a dispassionate look at the reality clearly doesn’t jibe with the panicked ignorant first-glance response. And by then, it’s too late because dozens of media outlets have already reported the story in the same inaccurate way, so that becomes what everyone believes, and undoing that takes much more work than planting false beliefs.

    It’s troubling.

  13. kevpft says:

    The photo makes it look like he’s choking her to death and holding her in his grip. It’s the illusion that a still frame can create. When you see the video, you can see that it’s completely untrue and inaccurate as a headline.

    Who instigated what? The video doesn’t say. But what *is* in the video is several people being mildly belligerant to one another, a bit of pushing and shoving, and absolutely nothing serious or violent to more than an extremely mild degree, and only for a moment. The whole thing’s over in a moment and no one involved looks like they really want to hurt anyone else.

    I am not going to watch the video but if this is true then I’m not surprised. The media sensationalizing something to get more internet traffic? There’s a shocker.

  14. In addition to what kevpft says above, when people hear “pregnant woman” they automatically picture a 9 month pregnant woman about to give birth any day. She’s not that far along, in the clip you can’t tell by looking at her that she’s pregnant. I don’t know what the time frame is of the game, 1st half, 4th quarter… so I don’t know how long this guy had to look at her but it’s doubtful he was aware of it either. Anyway, unless the video clip was edited down to practically nothing, the whole altercation didn’t take longer than a minute and he wasn’t trying to choke her it was just incidental contact.

  15. Funny, I’ve been to plenty of Giants games, with plenty of opposing team fans sitting around my area, and this has never happened…ever…

    A bit of joking around, absolutely, never anything like this…

  16. Good thing this didn’t happen in Cleveland. The police would not even bother to look for the guy since they wouldn’t be arresting him anyway(cough…cough…Kareem Hunt)

  17. we will ensure those involved as the aggressors will not be permitted back into our stadium.”

    It’s the right approach
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    You are assuming the choker is the aggressor. No excuse for grabbing her throat so he has to go regardless. But, if she started some stuff ban her too

  18. It would be very easy to stop the offending animal from going to another game . All you need to do is put the animals face on the video board and hand out $ 500 to whoever point him out.

  19. The fan may have only been protesting injustice and could be heralded as a hero by the time this is all done. That… and sign a deal with Nike.

  20. This just stinks. I am a proud fan of a top shelf organisation and franchise. I tell people to see their teams play in Pittsburgh. Such an enjoyable environment. The whole weekend experience.

    I have been to a lot of nonsense in Buffalo. Probably never bring my wife to a game there. It is not really that fun, has not been since I was in my early thirties.

    Had a lot of fun in Cleveland. Treated very well, even by the fans. We were warned not to sit or visit the Dawg Pound and had no issues.

    Pittsburgh has always been great, especially those weekends where you can catch a Penguins game also.

    Who wants to go to a place with this kind of crap going on? Who? I am Steeler fan … the implosion drove/drives me mad. But. Making it miserable on people … wow.

  21. Stadium operators especially in the Eastern Time Zone will tell you they HATE prime time games. Season ticket holders are generally older and they don’t like games that end at midnight and then have to get home to go work the next day.

    So they dump their ticket on the secondary markets, often at a loss, and louts end up in those seats and they may have been drinking all day. Profanity leads to others objecting which leads to pushing which leads to fisticuffs. Seriously they should conduct sobriety tests BEFORE people enter the game.

  22. I love how people jump to conclusions when they weren’t even there. By no means is it right to touch a women but how do you people know he wasn’t provoked or he wasn’t touched first. Yow weren’t there to see what happen. Love to hear the classless post, it never gets old.

  23. Heinz Field isn’t going to do a GD thing. A quick read of the comments proves that Steelers’ fans are on the choker’s side just like they immediately sided with Little Ben when he got busted. Away team fans are treated horribly at that stadium and no one does anything to round up and punish the barbarians. They’re considered heroes.

  24. Heinz Field needs to ban the entire Steeler’s coaching staff. With the debacles we have seen on the field it’s no wonder that the fan’s resort to beating up on each other. I’m sure if the fans could exit the stands and get to Tomlin and his staff on the sidelines that rowdy behavior in the stands would not happen.

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