There are bad fans at every game in every sport. Some of the biggest franchises in American sports are the worst because they have a lot of bandwagon supporters. They just want to take pictures for Instagram and get drunk. For real fans, this is a stressful experience. One Lakers’ supporter described how he received tickets for his birthday. It was rare he saw them play because tickets are expensive.
But to his horror and dismay, it was a miserable experience. The group behind him was extremely toxic and behaved outrageously. They cursed like soldiers and spilled beer everywhere. Finally, the fan called security, who moved him to a different seat. Unfortunately, the damage was done and ruined the day for him. It should have been special but it was painful.
College fans can be just as annoying as fans of the pro leagues. In 2013, Syracuse played Villanova and one fan discovered this the hard way. He was a Syracuse graduate and wore a shirt with a bunch of facts about the school emblazoned on it. However, to his horror, he found out that sports fans can mock anything. The Villanova supporters proceeded to read out the messages on his shirt and mock him for them.
It was extremely dumb but very annoying. “At one point, one of my friends left to say something to an usher, but I guess they can’t do anything about terrible people whose only crime is being annoying,” said the fan. “To make it worse, Syracuse lost the game in overtime, so those fools got the last laugh.” Unfortunately, those are the breaks when a fan goes away from home.
One Indianapolis Colts fan described his experience as an away fan in Detroit. He was actually a resident in the city so it was rare that he had an opportunity to watch his favorite team live. After falling behind the Lions, the Colts came back and won the game. But the Detroit fans didn’t respond well to this turn-of-events and to his horror, they proceeded to unleash their venom.
The Colts fan said they said some incredibly disgusting things. “At least our coach doesn’t have cancer,” was one of the worst they allegedly said. This was just weeks after Chuck Pagano revealed that he suffered from the horrible disease. There are some things that cross the line and mocking a man’s life-threatening illness is definitely one of them. Not classy.
In 2018, Conor McGregor fought Khabib Nurmagamedov for the UFC lightweight title. He lost the bout but that wasn’t the end of the fight. The two men and their teams clashed immediately after a brawl broke out in Madison Square Garden. This carried over into the crowd as Irish and Russian fans fought on the way out of the arena. One witness put it perfectly: “The Irish and Russians mix like oil and water.”
Video footage showed a Russian man send a McGregor supporter into unconsciousness with a single punch. Security had their hands full with the two groups. The Irish had drunk the city dry while the Russians were prepared to go to war for their champion’s honor. But normal people around them still reacted with horror to the chaos that emerged around them.
One Buffalo fan discovered to his horror that Washington fans aren’t fond of his fanbase. He traveled to the nation’s capital to watch his franchise face the Redskins and endured an onslaught of abuse. There were all of the usual chants like “We love losing Super Bowls.” That’s actually pretty funny but one man actually threatened to fight him. The kicker was that this was a father whose daughter was present.
But there was more to come. The fan described how he received one of the weirdest insults of all-time. He said, “Finally, as I was leaving the stadium, some wasted jerk in a Redskins jersey drove past me and yelled: “Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all time!” To be fair, it’s probably true but it doesn’t exactly offer an amazing reflection on the Washington franchise either.
In 2018, Liverpool played Roma in the Champion’s League. However, the game saw one fan’s life change forever. Sean Cox traveled to Liverpool from Ireland for a dream experience. But it became a nightmare after a Roma fan unleashed an unprovoked attack upon him. Cox did nothing to instigate the random violence. In the end, he suffered permanent brain damage and was unable to walk or speak.
Cox’s wife Martina issued a harrowing statement after the legal verdict. She said, “Today brings to a close to the court process. However, the effects of the attack on Sean will remain with us for a lifetime. While it is pleasing to know that Mr. Mastrelli (the attacker) will serve three-and-a-half years, he has given Sean and our family a life sentence.” No sports fan should have to endure that kind of horror.