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25 Unfortunate Times Fans Assaulted Sports Stars

Darren - June 7, 2021
Sports

25 Unfortunate Times Fans Assaulted Sports Stars

Darren - June 7, 2021
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15. Matt Brown – 2016

‘The Immortal’ was a big fan favorite in his fighting prime. However, he learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea to mess with Brazilian fans. They are one of the most passionate MMA nations in the world. Fighters discover how partisan they are when they travel to the South American nation. Brown made a mistake by flipping off the fans at a weigh-in in Curitiba.

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Brown was eating his breakfast in the hotel when somebody assaulted him from behind. They sucker-punched him in the back of his head and ran off. Meanwhile, he experienced bottles being thrown at him and a lot of boos. The welterweight isn’t the first fighter to suffer the wrath of Brazil, but his ordeal was worse than most.

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14. Trae Young – 2021

Spitting is one of the most heinous acts in sports. Most athletes probably prefer a punch than a random attacker’s bodily fluids. It’s the ultimate symbol of contempt and disgust. Athletes who spit on their rivals endure a lot of hate after. The only thing worse is when a fan spits on an athlete. Atlanta Hawks point guard Young experienced this in the playoffs.

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The Hawks played the New York Knicks when this vile moment occurred. It happened in the second game of the series in Madison Square Garden. The fan spat on Young and the NBA world reacted furiously. Meanwhile, the Knicks apologized to Young and banned the fan from Madison Square Garden indefinitely.

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13. Jack Grealish – 2019

One of England’s most exciting soccer players, Grealish is a great athlete. The Aston Villa captain possesses great skills and elite vision. However, he had a tough introduction to the Second City Derby. This is one of England’s great soccer rivalries. Villa plays their local rivals, Birmingham City, in a battle for city supremacy.

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One of the most shocking scenes of the season occurred in the tenth minute of the game. However, it had nothing to do with soccer. A fan ran onto the field and assaulted the player. He punched Grealish on the back of his head. The blow staggered him and he dropped to his knees. Stewards caught the pitch invader and then police arrested him on assault charges.

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12. Tom Gamboa – 2002

One of the most outrageous fan assaults ever, this was disgraceful attack. Gamboa was the first base coach for the Kansas City Royals when a pair of fans assaulted him. The team traveled to Chicago for a game against the White Sox. The Royals were leading 2-1 when a father and son duo hopped the fence and targeted Gamboa.

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William Ligue and his son, William III, violently attacked him for no reason. The veteran coach suffered permanent hearing loss in one ear. Meanwhile, the pair of cretins went to jail. Over the years they’ve been in and out of prison for drug offenses, DUIs, and petty crime. But Gamboa unfortunately lives with the consequences of their actions.

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11. George John – 2013

John spent his entire soccer career with F.C Dallas in the MLS. The center-back forged a reputation for himself as a reliable defender. Dallas played the L.A. Galaxy in 2013 when John popped up with a late winner for his team. He turned away in celebration but then dropped to the ground. It took a few moments for people to realize what had happened.

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In short, a Galaxy fan assaulted him with a beer bottle. They launched it at him from the stands and it bounced off of his head. John rose gingerly to his feet and finished the final five minutes of the game. However, the impact split his head open and he required staples to seal the wound. Meanwhile, law enforcement arrested the perpetrator.

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10. Manu Ginobili – 2007

Argentina’s Ginobili was a master of the dark arts. He drew fans like Leonardo Da Vinci drew pictures. However, Da Vinci never upset the Utah Jazz as Ginobili achieved. The San Antonio Spurs played the Jazz in the Western Conference Finals. Ginobili’s antics frustrated Utah and their fans, but no one expected their violent reaction.

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Officials ejected Utah star Derek Fisher and their head coach Jerry Sloan from the game. Ginobili drew four technical fouls in one quarter and this frustrated them. Utah fans launched all kinds of debris at San Antonio’s players. They ran off the field and took shelter in the locker room after the fans assaulted them.

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9. Malice at the Palace – 2004

This was the single craziest incident in the history of the NBA. The Pistons-Pacers brawl occurred when the two teams met in Auburn Hills. Indiana was ahead when Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace from behind. The latter reacted furiously and soon both teams were throwing fists at each other. However, it escalated much further than this.

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In a bid to chill out, Artest lay down on the scorer’s table. Then, a fan attacked him by launching a drink at him. This was like waving a red flag at a bull. In the following chaos, players and spectators fought like football hooligans. Several stars faced criminal charges for their roles in the brawl while nine earned suspensions and massive fines.

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8. Mike Tyson – 2020

In 2020, Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match. Millions of people around the world watched the two men fight to a draw in Los Angeles. Tyson showed flashes of his old brilliance while Jones hung on for dear life. But a news report revealed that the fights didn’t finish after the bell rang. That’s because a man assaulted Tyson.

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Firstly, it takes a special type of crazy person to assault ‘Iron Mike’ even at his age. The former heavyweight champion is one of the most terrifying men on the planet. Allegedly, a fan swung at the boxing icon before allegedly reaching for a concealed weapon. Security prevented him from doing so. Finally, police arrested him and brought him away.

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7. Frank Lampard – 2013

Sometimes people experience moments of madness. However, it is not a good idea to try and assault one of the world’s most famous soccer players. Especially when millions of people around the world are watching the game live. However, 18-year-old Timothy Smith didn’t receive this memo. The trainee architect assaulted Lampard during a game against Tottenham Hotspurs.

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Chelsea met Spurs in the Cup and won 2-1. But this didn’t please Smith. After the game, he went on a rampage and tried to punch Lampard. Luckily, Lampard dodged the blow. Then, assistant manager Rui Faria tackled Smith. Chelsea’s star striker Didier Drogba also landed a few blows to the foolish young man. It was embarrassing.

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6. Alan Sheffield – 2006

One of the most disgraceful incidents on this list showed the danger of throwing objects onto a playing field. Sheffield acted as the fourth official in a game between Swansea City and Newport County. There wasn’t much to note about this cup tie until a fan flung a coin toward the field. The consequences were severe.

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The coin hit Sheffield on the head and severed an artery. Coins are small but they are very dense and sharp. An ambulance rushed him to the hospital where he required multiple stitches. Sheffield was just doing his job when the fan attacked him. It was unprovoked and a disgraceful moment for the sport.

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5. Esteban Alvarado – 2011

Alvarado is a massive star in his native Costa Rica. The goalkeeper enjoyed a prosperous career in Europe. He also represented his nation on a number of occasions and featured in their World Cup squad. A fiery personality, he spent his longest spell in Europe with Dutch giants AZ Alkmaar. They played Ajax in a cup game when a fan assaulted him on the field.

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A drunk 19-year-old charged toward him and tried to kick him. But he fell over and didn’t account for Alvarado’s response. The Costa Rican showed no mercy and kicked his would-be-attacker twice as he was on the ground. Then, the referee showed Alvarado a red card. The Alkmaar players walked off the field in protest. In the end, the game was replayed.

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4. UFC Mexico – 2019

Mexican fans have a dubious reputation worldwide. Unfortunately, this is well-earned because there have been a number of unsavory incidents involving them. If things don’t go their athlete or team’s way, they have a tendency to react violently. A case in point was UFC Mexico. Jeremy Stephens received an eye poke from hometown hero Yair Rodriguez.

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It occurred in the opening moments of the first round and Stephens was unable to continue. The referee ruled the fight a no-contest. However, the fans in attendance didn’t like this and assaulted the UFC employees with objects. Security escorted Stephens out of the arena as glass bottles rained down toward his head. In sum, it was shameful.

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3. Schalke – 2021

One of Germany’s best-supported soccer clubs, Schalke maintains a massive fanbase. They were title contenders for a number of seasons before mismanagement ruined them. Then they went into a severe decline and couldn’t afford to invest in the team. After a record losing run, they finally suffered relegation in 2021.

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But this didn’t please their fans at all. In fact, they attacked their own players in the most hilarious manner. After their 21st defeat of the season, fans were waiting to greet the Schalke team bus. They bombarded their team with eggs while also releasing flares and fireworks. Schalke officials condemned the fan reaction but the fans didn’t care.

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2. Mike Piazza – 2007

Piazza played for the Oakland Athletics against the Los Angeles Angels on a hot Wednesday afternoon. The A’s rallied but the heat must have affected one fan who assaulted Piazza. For some reason, he flung a water bottle at the star. It bounced off of Piazza’s helmet and left him in a state of fury. Nobody can blame him for that.

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The Pennsylvanian pointed his bat accusingly at the attacker. Later, he confirmed that he planned to press charges. This was because he wanted the fan to spend the night in jail. Anaheim police arrested and booked the offender on assault and battery charges. Ronald Flores enjoyed the hospitality of the county jail for 30 days. In sum, it was what he deserved.

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1. Kyrie Irving – 2021

The Brooklyn Nets took on the Boston Celtics in the 2021 NBA postseason. One of the big storylines from this match-up was Irving’s return to TD Garden. Controversy arose when he appeared to step on the Celtics logo after the game. However, let’s remember that players spent the entire game running over it. In short, it’s really wasn’t that big a deal.

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But one fan didn’t think so and took it upon themselves to assault Irving. They assaulted him by throwing a bottle in his direction. Police immediately arrested the attacker on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. That’s probably not what they were thinking when they flung a water bottle, but it was good enough.

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