A Lions fan who lives in Philadelphia claims he was attacked by Eagles fans following the Snow Bowl on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. While police are still reviewing surveillance tape of the alleged incident, people are inclined to believe him because it’s Eagles fans.
The 33-year-old Center City business owner, who spoke on condition that he not be identified, said a half-dozen men in Eagles gear targeted him – first with snowballs and other projectiles, then with fists and kicks – because of his Lions jersey and ball cap.
The man, who lives in Bella Vista with his fiancee, said he was treated at a hospital Monday for a concussion and minor injuries. He said doctors also examined him for internal injuries after he urinated blood Sunday. The alleged attack occurred around 4:30 p.m., as the man walked to the SEPTA station at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue to catch a train home. He gave this account:
As he walked along Pattison near the Xfinity Live complex, a group of men in their 20s in Eagles jerseys began shouting and throwing snowballs at him.
“I tried to keep my head down and avoid them,” he said. “I didn’t want to give them the satisfaction.”
As he crossed the street, heading toward the train, six of the men blocked his path and continued to scream at him.
“I was like, ‘Are you guys serious? You won, enjoy it.’ ”
The smallest man slapped his head from the side. Another man then pushed him from behind, and the group bum-rushed him, he said. To defend himself, he threw a punch and brought one of his attackers to the ground. But then he felt punches to the back of his head, he said: “I felt like I was being choked and punched.”
That’s when he lost consciousness, he said.
When he came to, sore and bruised, another Eagles fan was standing over him, offering help, he said. “He stayed with me and walked me toward SEPTA.”
See, not all Eagles fans are awful. Just most of them. Though the article doesn’t specify, I also assume Riley Cooper jerseys were prominent in this group.