Sometimes emotions get the best of people, and this unfortunately quite often in sports. We’ve seen teammates square up to each other and brawls erupt between teams. Usually, these flashpoints fizzle out very quickly and the sports stars just get on with it. However, something much more sinister is when fans have assaulted athletes.
Fan assaults can occur in many ways. The most common way is fans throwing items at the players as we’ve seen far too often in the 2021 NBA postseason. But sometimes it gets even more violent. So-called “fans” have even entered the field of play and physically attacked athletes and officials with their fists. Check out the full list of fan attacks via Bleacher Report below.
25. Carl Everett – 2003
First of all, throwing items at athletes is obviously a terrible thing to do. They don’t deserve such treatment as they’re human beings just like everyone else. It’s also an 0ffense likely to earn the perpetrator a ban from a stadium or venue. Usually, people throw bottles, drinks cups, or food-related debris. However, Everett experienced one of the oddest missiles ever.
For some reason, a fan threw their cellphone at the Texas Rangers rightfielder. Remember, in 2003, phones were like bricks. A Nokia was a lethal weapon. Security found the fans and handed them over to the police. It was such a strange thing to do because phones are expensive too. Overall, it was a moronic moment.