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In San Diego, being a Jets fan is a misdemeanor

Jan 18, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

This morning we salute the Jets fan who stood up in the middle of a crowd of Chargers fans, pointed to his Jets shirt and began yelling “Jets! Jets! Jets!” at the top of his lungs. Back in New Jersey, he’d be known as “that laid-back, mellow guy not throwing full cups of beer onto the field.” But at Qualcomm Stadium, that’ll draw you a gang of cops and an ejection, feet first. In the riveting video below, it takes six cops to wrestle Jets fan out of his seat, as several fans complain that “he wasn’t doing anything!” Hey, he was shouting proudly and appearing to enjoy the result of the game, something they aren’t used to in San Diego.

He should be sobering up just about now. Wake up, Otis! Aunt Bee has brought you breakfast!
Jets sink Chargers for spot in AFC title game [NBCSports]

  1. Reece - Jan 18, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Yeah, I live in San Diego and am a Raiders fan. Qualcomm isn’t very friendly towards visiting team fans, even if we’re all getting along next to one another. There was a Charger fan taunting a Raiders fan who was sitting with his kids. Everyone in the area was doing okay. We were mingled and very friendly. But this guy left his area for some reason and came over to start trouble.
    The security guards came and immediately grabbed the Raider fan, even though he was sitting down and telling the guy to calm down. Everyone in the area had to shout the security guards down to have them remove the Chargers fan. It was like we needed to vouch for one another in the section.
    We went back to having a good time with one another. No one was screaming or pushing one another. Just enjoying the football game.

  2. KingJoe! - Jan 18, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Wow – This is the reason cops get bad names. Makes me sick and these cops should all have to answer for their actions, without the help of the higher ups. They will manufacturer some BS story, to say he cursed then resisted arrest, but in the end it was not better then the behavior we abhor with the Chinese and their human right violations.

  3. Qball - Jan 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    What a disgusting exhibition of police state thuggery: six tax-engorged pussies/goons hauling off an enthusiastic football fan from the “wrong” team. Hey, if you can’t get a job microwaving burritos and pumping gas at the local 7-Eleven, you can always become a cop, right? Just show them your GED and your Dunkin Donuts Frequent Fatso card and you’re good to go.
    The NFL should fine the holy living sh*t out of the Chargers for allowing this to happen…

  4. Gregory T Barrett - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Ay Yo I’m from brooklyn New York and I see this type of shit from cops everyday.They will make up a reason to arrest this poor fan for nothing and get away with it. As for the cop who taunted the fan to “come talk to him” we got you qnd your partners on film being but jockeys. Thats not a good thing but this is dead WRONG. GO J E T S .

  5. lexafan - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    So glad that somebody caught that with a camcorder. The officers will justify their actions and the Jets fan will pay a fine. All he did was be a little over enthusiastic with his team loyalty. Heaven forbid he had the cajonies to shout for his team in a sea of Charger fans. They will probably charge him with “inciting a riot” or “perpetuating the posibiblity of inflicting self bodily harm” or some other bs charge. I hope an NFL official with some clout who is not a resident of San Diego see’s this video and takes some kind of action against the Chargers. The Chargers hire these rent-a-cops and are responsible for their actions. I think season tickets from the Chargers would be good restitution. Then “Jets fan” could sell them to “Raiders fan” and pocket the proceeds. Really though, while he may have not acted in good taste, he broke no laws…only etiquette. (I thought his girl should have had his back a little more though)

  6. Jim "Bob" - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    What do you expect from those from the “Left Coast la la Fans”…..the Jet fan probably spilled the La la Fan’s yogurt!!!

  7. Chad - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    I saw that his girlfriend/wife was getting the names of witnesses.
    Cops get a serious ego trip with that badge, pretty much the reason I have little use for most of them.

  8. RedsGhost - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Wow….can see WHY it took 6 policemen to haul him away! I think I saw ONE fit cop out of the bunch! I can see why their commander assigned them “stadium duty” versus patroling. Amazing- 60,000.00 per year to hire fat, out of shape cops. Do they even KNOW where there is a gym? Doesn’t S.D have ANY fitness requirements to become a cop? So, that averaged sized fan take 6 cops to put him in cuffs…multipy that times hundreds. So, in S.D in would take 600 cops to subdue 100 citizens?

  9. ec - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Can you say civil rights violation? Not only did the Chargers lose, but they are going to pay this guy some money for a section 1982 violation — if he is smart and sues. Utter false arrest, with absolutely no probable cause. Crap.

  10. leej - Jan 18, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    This is why so many people dislike cops. They seem incapable of thinking for themselves and have far too much ego to ever admit they’re wrong. When someone says, “go arrest the jets fan that is doing all the cussing” and then they go down there and everybody tells them they have the wrong guy, they just don’t care. And the above poster is right, they will concoct a story and lie to make sure the guy gets in trouble. Cops are nothing better than gang-bangers who work for the government. I have no respect for any of them.

  11. Johnny CA - Jan 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Wow. What a total crock of crap. Apparantly these jerkoffs masquerading as “protecters of the public” did not get the memo that everything gets videoed and everything goes on youtube. Haven’t they ever heard of Rodney King?
    The SD Chargers owner should be ashamed. His thug cops lost their composure just like his players on the field.
    I hope the guy sues and gets plenty. If I were at the game I would have been cheering J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS right next to him.
    Hello, ACLU… I have a case for you.
    Disorderly Conduct occurs only when the people around the perpetrator feel threatened. That is very obviously not the case. The cops did not give a rats crack what the other fans thought.
    Hats off the the San Diego fans for sticking up for my JETS brother!! God Bless You…
    And God Bless Norv Turner for calling an onside kick. He must not have seen the game film of the Jets D folding in the final minute to lose three games this season. And surely he must have seen the Jets Weatherford’s punts….
    The Jets D was already folding before Norv’s eyes allowing a Chargers TD drive to eat up only 1 minute of clock with 3 left in the game.
    Sometimes you need to be both lucky and good. Thanks for the gift Norv.

  12. mike walker - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    I hate cops as much a the next guy.
    But this guy was real drunk, thats why they hauled him away.
    But he got he last laugh when the San Diego Superchockers gaged up another play off defeat.

  13. Mary Prevost - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    This is typical of San Diego. I am sure the man was arrested, charged, and released. No charges will be filed. But a civil lawsuit should be filed against the police officers. This is a clear civil rights violation, and it’s not uncommon behavior for San Diego police.

  14. John - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    This is no accident, this is all about control and loss of civil rights in a gastapo state. All of these loss of rights fall under Homeland in the guise that they are protecting the greater masses. I would love for them to try this at a Raiders game in Oakland, now that would be fun to watch…..

  15. ffgf - Jan 18, 2010 at 6:27 PM


  16. RupertJ - Jan 18, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    There is no way to make a clear judgment based on this video. Here is why: the first 15 seconds shows a solitary man yelling Jets Jets Jets. No big deal. He doesn’t appear really drunk or out of control.
    Suddenly, there is a break in the video and cops appear out of nowhere. At this point, it is obvious that the video stopped, and then was restarted. We don’t know what happened between the first 15 seconds and the last 3 minutes where they handcuff and arrest him. That part is missing. Either it was edited out or never even filmed. Its not clear if we are missing a 30 second portion or a 2 minute portion or even a 10-minute portion. What did the man do in that missing portion of time? Was he out of control? Did he use bad language? Why did the cops come over there?
    So, without that missing time on tape, none of us can make a good judgement on whether or not the cops made a fair arrest.
    From my visits to the stadium, its hard to believe this man was arrested simply for yelling Jets Jets Jets. That is not credible.

  17. CARTER MILLETT - Jan 18, 2010 at 6:35 PM


  18. Art S. - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Then why were all the San Diego fans around him yelling to the cops that he didn’t do anything? If he did anything wrong they surely wouldn’t be defending him.

  19. Skins - Jan 19, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    I agree that if the guy did something wrong the fans around him (Charger Fans) wouldn’t be vouching for him.
    The few experiences I have had with cops have never been good. They all have an ego problem. They treat everyone as if we are beneath them. World be a better place if they just stay put in the donut shops. They already spend half the week in there as it is.

  20. jetsfan - Jan 19, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    that was shameful regardless of what team he was rooting for. I do hope coach ryan sees the video and brings the guy in for a tryout-he is obviously tough to take down, then again san diego had a hard time all day getting jets down to the ground.

  21. there at the game - Jan 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    I was at the game watching what happened. Someone threw a bottle at this guy and the people it hit claim that he was the one that threw the bottle. IT WAS NOT HIM!!!, next thing you know he is being arrested. Many people were telling security and the cops that it was not him, but they did not want to hear it.
    if he reads this, I will be happy to stand up for you, because you were wrongly accused and arrested.

  22. Billie Billie - Jan 19, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    I agree 100%….This is America and we have freedom of speach. Hopefully he’ll talk to a lawyer and sue the SH*T out of the SD “Sorry Excuse for a Police” officer. Cant believe it took 6 “all beef no brains” cops to CARRY him out.

  23. Jeremy - Jan 21, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Just because the man is supporting his team (which is expected in a PLAYOFF GAME!) is no reason to arrest him. And these egotistical “servants of the law”should have listened to everyone that was telling their fat asses that this Jets fan wasn’t the right guy. And to top it off, they have the nerve to taunt another fan into yelling at them so that they can make him leave the stadium. The San-Diego Chargers, and the six low-life, fat ass scumbags, should be ashamed…

  24. THE BEST COAST - Jun 1, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    LOVED IT. GET OUT OF OUR HOME! Jim “Bob” I like your take on things, CLOWN! LA LA? Dumb ass, SD ain’t have nothing to do with LA. Stay out of SD! Funny! i wish all fans that weren’t from SD could get thrown out the streets like TRASH! JETS GOT LUCKY LAST YEAR! Our kicker blew it big time. 3 missed field goals? seriously? CHARGERS WERE A WAY BETTER TEAM!!! Everyone wanted to see Rivers vs. Brees. Instead they gave the game to the JETS? WHO CARES WHO THIS GUY IS. HE’S LUCKY THAT SD FANS DIDN’T JUMP HIM. HE GOT SAVED BY THE POLICE. Stay out our City! Even the cops hate the east coast.