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Could Raiders’ fan violence affect potential move to L.A.? Fan’s view
Although no deal has been made for any NFL team to move to Los Angeles to play in the (hopefully) soon-to-be built Farmers Field, I want the Oakland Raiders to return, and so do many of my friends and fellow Angelenos. I'm worried that recent fan violence involving Raiders fans could hurt the chances for a move to Los Angeles.
It seems in this most recent series of incidents, Raider fans not only cause violence, by fighting with San Francisco 49ers fans, but they may invite it as well. The violence happened on August 21 at the cross-town game between the Raiders and the 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The whole incident is reminding me of the Bryan Stow case, from the violence of the attacks to the follow-up statements by team executives, the mayor and police chief, just like in L.A. Hopefully all the talk will lead to some changes, how can someone bring their children to this kind of environment?
One of the most serious incidents placed a Raider fan as the victim, shot in the parking lot, but I wonder if he didn't invite confrontation. The gunshot victim, obviously a Raider fan, was wearing a shirt that said "(expletive) the Niners." The shirt had the full word spelled out, for all to see. That's not a family-friendly environment. I don't think the victim deserved to be shot, but I do think people need to be responsible for their actions and the situations they place themselves in.
Like the Dodgers' management was in the Bryan Stow case in Los Angeles, the Raiders' management was forced to speak out on the issue and we may see similar changes coming to the Oakland games. Bryan Stow is the San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten into a coma after the Dodgers' opening day game in March. Changes need to be made, like I've seen at Dodger Stadium, where there is now a zero-tolerance policy for violence or "mis-behavior", along with an overwhelming show of force from both police and private security. I like the changes and think they're necessary to keep the environment safe.
Raiders CEO Amy Trask spoke out, condemning the violence and calling Raider supporters "terrific people and terrific fans". She also said she feels "frustrated" about the whole situation. I also think alcohol sales and allowing fans to tail-gate in the parking lot adds to the problem. As things develop, I'm interested to see what changes are made in advance of the next Raider game.
Although born and raised with Eagles fans in Philadelphia, F. Michael Sherman has always been a citizen of Raider Nation at heart. Since his dad got him a signed George Blanda football as child, to meeting Lyle Alzado in the 1980s, he hasn't looked back. Follow him on twitter @thefredsherman
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