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Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Ever wanted to see a security guard just start knocking people over as they triumphantly storm the field following a victory? No, you've never wanted that? You think that's awful, horrible behavior regardless of whether someone's being a Pretend Cop? You think that should be grounds for immediate termination at the very least? Well, congratulations, Minnesota agrees with that assessment, and now this guy taking out fans after the Gophers' 22-21 upset over Iowa is fired.

Keep an eye on the aggressive man wearing hot pink at lower left. 

Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, that unnamed man has since been fired by CSC, the company providing security for Minnesota sporting events:

Before Saturday's game, the security staff was advised not to stop the fans if they poured onto the field after the game, U athletic department spokesman Garry Bowman said on Thursday. But the security guards were told to protect the "stadium's assets," such as the goal posts, he said.

After the Gophers beat the Hawkeyes to claim the Floyd of Rosedale trophy, fans streamed onto the field. At one point, the guard was hit in the head "and got angry about it and then started pushing fans down as they ran by him," Bowman said. "He was way out of line and has been dismissed from his position by CSC."

Let's make the assumption that the guard is telling the truth and actually did get hit in the head. That isn't an excuse to take it out on other innocent fans. It's not even close. Frankly, the security guard is lucky that the only thing happening to him is a firing; tackle random people like that on the street, and you're looking at assault charges.

[H/T: Lost Lettermen

Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

the guy in blue that picks something up is a CSC supervisor. Fans don't belong on the field anyway imo






Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

Considering how the Vikings are doing, maybe that's what they call tackling in Minnesota.



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

Oh, big deal, he lost his $7 an hour, Saturday only part-time job.  Give me a break!



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:23 pm
 

That's just the shed drill, people

And he needs a lot more practice.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:00 am
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

Are you kidding me? REALLY! Are we starved for sports related news in Minnesota. If that is "awful, horrible behavior" you people need to get out of the house once in a while. The dude looked more like he was celebrating with the crowd not trying to stop them.



Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:57 am
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

This wouldn't of even happened if the fans stayed off the field. What business do they have storming the field? What part did you play?



Since: Jun 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:38 am
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

I really expected a whole lot more from this video. I've seen more action in a mosh pit at a rock concert than here. Not saying he wasn't out of line, because he was, but honestly, that was a little bit of bumping. It looked worse because some people were obviously in mid-step when he hit them, giving them less balance, but really, besides unprofessional, this just really proves one thing:

Not even Minnesota's Security Guards can tackle!  Where's Coach Hayden Fox when you need him? 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:14 am
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

What is the guy standing next to the "M" picking up and running away with? You can clearly see him at the :14 second mark walking up slowly then scooping up something before running away.



Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:15 am
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

as Mr. Johannsen's attorney, I would like to let the cbssports nation fans be the first too know that I have filed a wrongful termination suit against CSC, the University of Minnesota, and the person posting the defamatory video. My client has asserted he was merely chest bumping victorious fans and offering both 'high' and 'low' fives to the celebrants. I have 10+ student witnesses ready to testify. See you in court.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:00 am
 

Minnesota security guard tackles fans, is fired

Wow the Gophers won a game, and they beat a bad Iowa team. Let's storm the field! Complete idiots! The guy barely did anything. Complete idiotic behavior from U of M students yet again. Go to youtube and see what they did a few years ago when they won the hockey title. Why do you continue to be the campus where out of control celebrations over minor happenings occurs? What next, recover an onside kick against Wisconsin and take over the streets? Idiots!


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