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Op-Ed: Fan Violence is Getting Out of Hand

By Oscar Brooks     Aug 23, 2011 in Sports
Fan violence rose its ugly head over the weekend at Candlestick Park in San Francisco during and after the exhibition football game between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
No one is safe when they go to the ballpark to watch and enjoy a game. There have been incidents at Oakland Raiders football games in the past. When the Raiders were based in Los Angeles, there were several fights in the stands. Often it was people who had too much to drink that got into those fights. The tragic incident involving Brian Stowe on Opening Day of the baseball season at Dodger Stadium left a bad taste in the mouths of many baseball fans. Almost five months after Stowe was severely beaten, he is still in the hospital and he may never be the same if he gets out.
In San Francisco this past weekend there were at least two people shot and another person assaulted in the restroom according to ESPN. Why is the violence allowed to happen? The teams that are hosting the games have an obligation to provide a safe environment for the public. Security or the lack of is a big concern. How is a person allowed to have a gun in or near a football stadium if they are not part of law enforcement? The sporting public should be outraged. If you are a human being you should be outraged. As much as I don't like all the stuff you have to go through at the airport these days, it is a necessary evil. It may become necessary to do the same thing at sports stadiums.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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