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NFL looking into Collins incident

Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 2:43 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

N. Collins got into a dispute with a Chicago fan after the fan allegedly used a racial slur against Collins.

Credit: Fox6Now.com

In a rather disgusting incident, Packers S Nick Collins, in the moments after Green Bay took a disappointing loss to the Bears on Monday Night Football, got into a confrontation with a Chicago fan.

Will got into it in this post, and as seen in this video on SPORTSbyBROOKS.com, Collins can be seen yelling and chucking his mouth guard into the stands.

He might have had a good reason to be upset.

Apparently, a Bears fan hurled the N-word slur at Collins and spit at him, hitting Collins in the face as he tried to give away his gloves to a Packers fan. Predictably – and understandably – that pissed off Collins. Now, as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, the NFL is looking into the incident.

"I was made aware of it by our security department," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "I have not seen the video. I know the NFL is looking into the matter. I understand Nick's story as far as what happened and what our security people that were there, and I support Nick 100 percent.”

These kinds of fans strike me as cowards of the highest order. Yeah, he could spit at Collins and use a racial epithet against him, because he was in the stands, about 10 feet above Collins.

But do you think if the fan met Collins on Lakeshore Drive, he’d have anything but nice things to say to Collins? It’d be something like, “Wow, Mr. Collins, it sure is great to meet you. I’m a big fan.”

There’d be no N-word, because the fan wouldn’t have a barrier protecting him from what I assume would be an angry, angry NFL player. A coward, I tell you.

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Comments

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 9:51 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

Where does this spitting come from?  The only thing that I read is that he was verbally abusive.  Collins said that being called the "N" word provoked him.  Wiscgc's posts are the first I've read that there was spitting involved.  Someone got a cite for me?  Verbal confrontations at that do not threaten physical harm or a distance that can not lead a person to reasonably believe that physical harm in imminent is not an assault.  That's pure and simple.



Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 9:43 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

Jmajik, you're right and wrong.  Moss sprayed a ref, but he was fined $40,000.  It was Shockey that threw ice on a fan at the San Francisco playoff game.  Shockey was fined $5,000.



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 8:02 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

I don't care how much money you make or if you are a professional or not, when someone spits on you you have every right to go after them. It is assault, pure and simple, and like someone else on this board said, I wouldn't have cared whether Collins beat him senseless.

But then again, in your world of rainbows and magic unicorns, maybe I am wrong.




Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:16 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

Goatsense: Good name, as sense is what you're speaking. Personally I wouldn't have cared if Collins had reacted even worse. But Collins, the Packers, the Packer fans, and Collins' family might. Unfortunately for him and other professional athletes, they have a higher standard to live up to - and as you pointed out, much more to lose.

Nevertheless, I also think that so-called "fan" should be banned from Soldier Field forever. Or any NFL stadium, for that matter.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:07 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

Would I go after someone at my workplace who verbally assaulted me?  Probably.  But I don't make even 60,000, much less $600,000, or even 6 Million.  These guys, after they lose, can say anything to try to minimize or even rationalize their ridiculous actions.  "Dude, Collins, c'mon man - you are a millionaire, ignore that sh!t, rise above." You all try to justify it as right, even say that revenge is okay!  Since when is it okay to sink down to the level of slime and wallow in the ooze with the maggots? 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 4:51 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

If what Collins says is correct, the fan should be arrested, chargged w/assault, and banned from NFL games for life.  I completely agree w/whoever said that.

However, there's a difference between Collins being insulted and spit on and the guy in the cubicle next to you spitting on.  Collins needs to either get a security guard--and there are plenty of them there--and get the guy arrested/tossed, or he needs to walk away.  We saw what happens when Ron Artest crossed that barrier, and it wasn't pretty.  He has every right to be upset and I wouldn't blame him one bit if he had thrown something that could actually hurt at the guy, but when you are on that stage you need to understand the consequences of your actions are a lot more severe.  What if he had tried to climb in the stands and started a riot and/or a stampede?  People could have died.  I realize that is only a remote possibility, but its a possibility nonetheless. 

I don't blame him though.  Chicago fans are the third worst, only Philly and NY are worse.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2010 4:49 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

Yep. I wouldn't care if Collins went into the stands and beat the man unconscious with his helmet. There are some lines you don't cross. Personally, I don't get that kind of mad until you're doing it to someone I love. Piss me off? No biggie. Mess with my family or friends? That's your ass. The epithet is a line you don't cross, and if you do, you deserve what happens next...



Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:41 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

I am a Bears fan and I think what this fan did to Collins was just outright rude. Collins had every right to retaliate like that and I don't blame him one bit. Security should have gotten involved and escorted that fan out of the stadium. We won the game and not by performance, so that fan needs to shut his mouth and grow up!



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:41 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

What did Randy Moss get when he sprayed water from a water bottle on a verbally assaultive fan?

That was a ref and he was fined $25,000



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:02 pm
 

NFL looking into Collins incident

Take a look at the picture from this article, Collins was not alone when this happened. You sound like a Bears fan, maybe you're the one who spit on him? No matter, you can bet this will be the last Bears game this guy will see for a while.



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