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02-03-2012, 04:37 PM #1Veteran 24x7 Raven
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NFL fan challenging "code of conduct" policy via First Amendment
Basically he is a Cardinals fan who says he was being cussed at all game, and finally when physically approached by 2 Chargers fans told them to fuck off and got thrown out.
SAN DIEGO -- A legal showdown is looming over whether fans have the right to curse at Chargers or Padres games.
In October 2010, the Chargers were in the midst of blowing out the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium. Eric Holguin, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was at the game wearing Cardinals colors, said he was being cursed out the entire game by many fans. He said he did not respond until two fans approached him.
"Two Chargers fans came down and challenged him to a fight. He said no thank you and said, '[expletive] you' back," said Holguin's attorney, Mary Frances Prevost.
Prevost said security eventually ejected all three men. But when Holguin headed back to the entrance to meet his wife, he was greeted by several police officers.
"They expect that he's trying to get back in and literally grab him and a struggle ensues," said Prevost.
A bruised Holguin was arrested, but a jury later acquitted him for assault and resisting arrest. He was, however, convicted for giving a false name to officers but has vowed to appear in court.
Prevost said it was a legal nightmare that began with an ejection that was unconstitutional.
"A fan has a right to say '[expletive] you]' in public. It's a public place," Prevost said.
I mean I don't see how this isn't squarely a free speech issue, and how the NFL can get around that. Then again you agree to the NFL "rules" upon entering the stadium, so I don't know.
You can't just say well it MIGHT lead to violence, until it actually does it means nothing IMO.
I have seen many incidents at stadiums I disagree with in regards to the security and how they handle issues. In my mind you should be able to say whatever you want, as long as it doesn't get physical. People pay a ton of money to go to these games and you just can't arbitrarily throw them out at the first expletive heard. Or maybe you can...who knows.
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