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16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:41 am
Edited on: December 30, 2011 2:30 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Fan violence in sports is becoming a bigger problem all the time. It's sad but true.

At a recent game in San Jose between the host Sharks and the visiting Canucks, 16-year-old Maggie Herger, who four years ago had surgery to remove a brain tumor, was left concussed by another fan at the game. Herger says that she was hit in the head by a drunken Sharks fan who had been bothering her and her sister during the game after a San Jose goal.

Here's the story from the San Jose Mercury News:

The girls said they did just that, keeping to themselves as they rooted for the Canucks and took smiling pictures that appeared destined for a happy digital photo album. But one intoxicated woman wearing a Sharks jersey, who appeared to be in her 40s, kept bumping into the teens and yelling curses at them, the two sisters said.

Then, as the fans jumped up to celebrate a second period Sharks goal, the sisters said, the woman behind them brought down both her hands and smacked Maggie in the back of her head "really hard," forcing Maggie to fall forward and leaving her dazed.

Her sister then rushed to an usher. Maya said she heard the woman tell the usher "she's a Canucks fan," but that she "didn't mean to" hurt her.

"I was just really surprised," Maggie said. "I didn't think people acted like that."

She later found out from doctors that she had suffered a slight concussion, leaving her head "spinning" a day later and her neck and head still hurting. She was bedridden, nauseous and on pain medication.

Here is a video courtesy of NBC Bay Area with more details.

The good news for Herger is that the tumor that is still in her brain was not impacted with the blow to the head, so no internal bleeding was suffered. That's about the only good news you can take from a situation like this.

Making matters worse was another fan taunting Herger as she was loaded into an ambulance. "He looked in and said, 'You're faking it, you don't need an ambulance, suck it up,'" Herger said.

The Sharks issued a statement regarding the manner on Thursday.

"Arena staff, along with San Jose police, interviewed the person who made contact with the injured fan, who stated that the contact was accidental during the celebration of a Sharks goal. Upon being interviewed, others seated in the area of the incident did not report seeing the contact between the parties involved."

After the tragedy that happened at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium where San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was nearly beaten to death, two fans being shot at a Raiders-49ers game in San Francisco and the stabbing after a Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego, this resonates a little louder. It just seems so pointless and idiotic that people would care that much about a fan of another team being next to them.

Of course it should be mentioned that this in no way represents Sharks fans as a whole or people of California. I think 99.9 percent of all Sharks fan would condemn the actions of the accused attcker as well as the mocking fan by the ambulance.

Another of the sad parts in it all is that Herger said she would love to go back to a game at the HP Pavilion but that she would be terrified to do so. Imagine, being afraid to go sit in a seat for a couple of hours to enjoy a hockey game?

There's just no place for this at sporting events -- or anywhere really -- especially when unprovoked other than wearing certain colors.

H/t to Pro Hockey Talk for the video

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Comments

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:52 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

Last post was meant for Iambigman 1..



Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:50 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

I am from NY.. Sorry bro.. Philly is not in the same sentence when it comes to attitude. Been to Yankees games ever?? Wear your colors in the Bronx...
as far as those punks are concerned... Yeah the other 3 took off running.. Punks... They left their buddy to get knocked out.. Some attitude!!! bwahahahahaha. I wonder if he was still there when the city of Philadelphia was cleaning out the Vet for the last time..



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 7:28 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

In my experience, most Sharks fans I've come across have been great.  They love the game, love the team, and really get into it.  A ton of hockey passion for a team in a non traditional market is great to see.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:02 am
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

Of course it should be mentioned that this in no way represents Sharks fans as a whole or people of California.

After the tragedy that happened at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium where San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was nearly beaten to death, two fans being shot at a Raiders-49ers game in San Francisco and the stabbing after a Raiders-Chargers game in San Diego




Hmm the whole people of California. I do agree with this somewhat, I know some people from there and they are great,they are the exception. BUT all of these accidents happen IN CALIFORNIA. Noone gives 2 shits about California. Only them would be stupid enough to elect an actor from Austria who didnt know anything about politcs as governor, but then again they are the ones who actually want weed legal. So most of them dont have brains to begin with.

The point is, you know damn well that drunk ass bitch did that on purpose to that poor kid. Of course shes gonna say it was an accident to try to cover her own ass. Only way this shit is gonna end besides having more police at the games, is to get rid of the beer and all the other alcohol both inside the buildings, and not allow it in the parking lots. Hell I would even make people who show up drunk or have any alcohol in them to turn around and send them away.

Eventually this crap will cause a death or more. Fans shouldnt be have to live in fear going to an opposing team's venue. Obviously have assigned seatting for visting fans wouldnt work before or after the game but during the game at least they wouldnt have to worry about something like this happening during the game, plus if a visiting fan wanted to sit courtside/ringside/50yardline/etc. and the places didnt allow it well thats another issue why it wouldnt work.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:34 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

If this happened in Philly, I guarantee you would not be saying "of course this in no way represents Flyers fans or the city of Philadelphia as a whole"!!! You, along with everybody else would be lobbying for the person responsible to be locked up forever. It just cracks me up that when this kind of stuff happens in other places, its no big deal. But let it happen in Philly and it's a travesty.



Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:17 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

Really Rotty aare you saying that just because they are Canuck fans that they deserved this. I don't know about Canada but here in the United States we find this could result in criminal charges. I find your remarks just as bad as the actions of this druckend Beeach that did this. Poeple like your self  and this drucken Beeach disgust me to no end. Keep your piss poor remarks to yourself.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:06 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

Takes two to tango , but when one of them is a GROWN ADULT  , who's the idiot , KHB ? I've been to a few cities to watch pro teams to play , and every single one of them, there is a dumb moron who is drunk , and starts trying to say to me . And , I've even seem at my own home teams . You can't take beer away , but , why are the arenas letting drunks in ? You can  see the drunks , they can't walk right , or can't speech without slurring their words . And this is getting worse out West , in California mostly . I'm not saying that they should ban alcohol , at any pro league teams games , but they need to do something with the idiots . The way they are going now , they won't do anything until some one is killed .



Since: May 24, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:03 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

It's unfortunate, but if you wear the opposing team's jersey to ANY major sporting event in ANY locale you are bound to be confronted by some drunken a-hole from the home team. It's a sad state of affairs, but it happens from California to New England.  Hockey, baseball, NFL & NBA, the real problem is morons not being able to handle their liqour, and beer stands selling their overpriced warm suds to obviously intoxicated people.  Arrest the drunks and let the real fans enjoy the event.


    



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:42 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

just call San Jose:  Oakland south



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:41 pm
 

16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at Sharks game

   most idiototic sports fans are losers who never played sports. those of us who have, know it is just a game. but there are losers in our society who have nothing else to live for.


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