Cellphone video appears to show a Buffalo Bills defensive end hitting a Philadelphia Eagles fan who was heckling Bills players from the stands during Sunday night’s game in the City of Brotherly Love — an incident that promises only to deepen Philly sports fans’ notorious reputation as rowdy, obnoxious trash-talkers.
Now, they may be known as literal game-changers, as an NFL source told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Bills player in question likely will be fined and probably suspended.
What are the details?
Video shows four Bills players walking from their bench to the stands to confront an Eagles fan. Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips — who stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 341 pounds, and wears the number 97 jersey — gets into the face of the fan, who continues to yell from the stands while holding what appears to be a Miller Lite beer can.
Lawson — who stands 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 265 pounds, and wears the number 90 jersey — is just behind and to the right of Phillips and is seen appearing to strike the fan with his right hand as the hooting and hollering intensify. Content warning: F-bombs and raised middle fingers:
The fan didn’t appear to suffer any injury, the paper said, and the Bills players walked back to their bench after the altercation. If the fan’s words managed to damage the Bills’ egos, the Eagles players delivered the bigger blow, coming from behind and beating the visiting Bills 37-34 in overtime.
Eagles fan Becca Cavalier, who recorded the video, told the Buffalo News she believes the confrontation took place during the first quarter.
“I’m not sure exactly what happened that led to them all coming over,” Cavalier added to the Buffalo News, noting that Phillips “and the fan in the video were chirping at each other a lot the whole game, but I couldn’t really hear what was being said.”
The Buffalo News said neither the Bills nor the NFL immediately responded Sunday night when asked for comment. The Inquirer said the Eagles early Monday morning had not responded to its request for comment.
Eagles fans are well known for their, er, enthusiasm:
- About a half-hour before the Eagles faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs in last season’s Super Bowl, a handful of Eagles fans were caught on video tipping over a car — the kind of thing that happens after a victory; the Eagles lost the Super Bowl.
- Last season, Eagles fans reportedly booed first lady Jill Biden — who grew up nearby in New Jersey and was an honorary captain for the home game — and hollered expletive-laded chants about President Joe Biden.
- Oh, and NFL players in an anonymous poll indicated that Eagles fans are the most obnoxious in the game.
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