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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.


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, 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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Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 2:36 pm

NFL looking into Collins incident

It appears Milton Bradley was right!  Who would have guessed??!!

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 2:31 pm

NFL looking into Collins incident

Note that the Bear fan spit at him as well, not just using the words. Tell me, at your job, if someone else spit on you, would you let that go? Not me, at that point it would get physical. Words I can deal with, physical abuse is where I draw the line.

I have no problem with how Collins reacted. This fan was clearly over the line and should be arrested for assault.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2010 2:31 pm

NFL looking into Collins incident

And we believe Collins and why? because he said so???....go to the locker room and shut up who cares never get into it with fans EVER!!!!!! taught from grade school.

Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 2:06 pm

NFL looking into Collins incident

The Bears fan was clearly wrong and should face some sanction by the Bears if identifiable, but I don't believe that any words justify Collins' reaction.  Collins escalated the confrontation from a verbal one to a physical one when he threw his mouth piece.  That is never acceptable.  I do blame Collins for that.

As far as the NFL's reaction, I am mixed.  If they allow Collins to escalate a confrontation from verbal to physical, they are setting a dangerous precedent, and maybe next time it's in the back of the end zone or somewhere that the fan is more accessible.  What did Randy Moss get when he sprayed water from a water bottle on a verbally assaultive fan?

On the other hand, if Collins is suspended a game, then it's an incentive for every fan to try to be an a'hole to the away team, especially in a rivalry game, or one where there may be playoff implications.

My gut says fine him, but don't suspend him.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:39 pm

NFL looking into Collins incident

Hopefully Collins will just be reprimanded by the NFL with little or no fine, this kind of thing is so far beyond the limits of acceptable behavior that I wouldn't blame Collins at all. Supposing this was a Bears fan, does he think the Bears that are black deserve the same treatment? Yeah, he was probably drunk and like Katzowitz says, that and being safely out of reach were the only reasons the guy summoned this much "courage".

The guy should actually be arrested for assault and banned from NFL stadiums for life, along with anyone else in his party. Maybe then this guy would realize what he did, although I kinda doubt he will change his attitude much.

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