We've all seen fans being escorted out of the stadium by security for a variety of reasons. Last night I witnessed an incident which I thought I'd share. It all started off in the usual way. A couple of yellow jacketed security officials approached a fan sitting very near the Calgary bench. He was being asked to leave. He refused. He did not appear drunk. From what I understand he was a seasons ticket holder. He was getting a lot of support by the fans around him who were probably some of his buddies and if you were to ask those around this dude they would have said he was being picked on. I'd find out later how wrong they were.
Almost 20 minutes later there was a gathering of 3 cops and 4 yellow jacketed security officials and even a well dressed Lions executive type with clip board in hand trying to "reason" with this guy who was determined that what he was doing fell within the revelry of football etiquette and he should not have to leave. What was really ticking me were some of the buffoons sitting around me who were chanting, "Let him stay, let him stay." In essence they were taunting the officials and the police. Near the incident all sorts of wannabe "reporters" were holding up their cell phones videoing the incident. I guess they were hoping to see "excessive" force being used so they could have their 5 minutes of fame on Youtube. The police were great and very patient. I do not know what they told the guy but he eventually cooperated but still had to be hand - cuffed and escorted out.
One fan sitting behind me thought the guy should have been allowed to stay. I turned around and told him that all of us were sitting too many rows up and away to know what all happened or had been said. He retorted and said that the fans can say whatever they want to say including to the opposing players' bench because they were, after all, paying customers and fans. Interestingly this same fan's son came to one game when his father couldn't come. He was an obnoxious ill behaved type and was making life miserable during that particular game. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
It turns out last night the guy down below near the visitor's bench was verbally giving it to one of the Calgary players who was well within earshot. I don't know which player. The fan was threatening the player to come into the stands so he could be "sorted out". The player was cool. He didn't pull off a Cornish. He asked a security official standing near by if he knew who the "A hole" was or anything about this fan. The player was getting quite ticked off at the threatening remarks this guy continued to make and told the official, " If the guy wants to sort anyone out, let him come down here on the field and we'll see who will be sorting out whom." The player told the official that fair is fair and he realized that visiting teams will get razzed occasionally and taunted but when a fan starts to actually threaten players, for whatever reason, its time for them to go. That's exactlly what happened. The bench complained and the official radioed it in.
I saw nothing unreasonable about the way the official handled this. I was embarrassed at the idiots around me who couldn't keep their nose out of others' business and who did not know the specifics of the incident but were more than willing to try and humiliate the officials and the police by booing and chanting at them. Quite honestly, having gotten to know some of these fans by chatting with them over the years I was disappointed and shocked by their display of immaturity.
In my opinion the guy being ejected had it coming and what I was seeing was that typical bully mob mentality. The clowns around me were expressing their displeasure about what they were perceiving and yet were not even close enough to the situation to know what was happening.
I tip my hat off to the official who stood up to the raspberry comments being voiced during the incident and in fact by a few hold outs long after the game was over who were still trying to give it to him. He was told by his higher ups to call in the incident. He did what he had to do. Hopefully if this season ticket holder is even allowed back into the stadium he will have learned his lesson and is going to come and enjoy the game and not make it a personal thing between the fan and player. The Calgary Stampeders or any visiting team doesn't need that crappola. BC fans don't need those types either.