The Detroit Lions took a beating on the field in snowy Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon and if reports are true, it appears one of their fans who cheered them on inside Lincoln Financial Field might have taken a substantial, much more severe and unfortunate beating outside the stadium, as well.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports with the help of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Mike Newall that six Philadelphia Eagles' fans jumped the man, who was wearing a Lions' jersey and hat and heading to get on a train home, after previously throwing snowballs and other debris on him. They knocked him unconscious, punched him, kicked him and then left the scene. The man came to and was helped to his feet and later the subway by another Eagles fan. That fan was reportedly so upset about the attack that he took off his Eagles jersey and threw it in the garbage, saying he was disgusted with Eagles fans acting in this manner.
Detroit's battered fan, who didn't wish to reveal his identity, is apparently a Michigan ex-pat and current Philadelphia resident who often travels to other locales to watch the Lions. He reportedly commented that he's a loyal Lions fan that has traveled everywhere to watch his favorite football team, but despite that, has consistently found the most trouble with the fans in Philadelphia.
Considering the city's checkered history with past fan related issues, be it Eagles' fans booing Santa Claus and pounding him with snow or cheering an injury to Michael Irvin, Phillies' fans pelting J.D. Drew with garbage or Flyers' fans picking a fight and beating Rangers' fans during the Winter Classic, this report certainly seems valid. The city of brotherly love has gotten quite a dubious reputation as it relates to unwelcome fan incidents in the past.
Detectives are currently looking over tape from transit centers and cameras and hoping to find more information which could lead to an arrest. As of now, nobody is in custody and no arrests have been made. Philadelphia police urge anyone with more information to contact them at 215-686-TIPS.
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