Many of you out there remember the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers brawl in the NBA last fall. It was certainly unforgivable for all involved – players and fans. There have been several sports-related brawls in recent memory and all of them very unnecessary. I must admit that many of those brawls were started by either a player or a fan and then promptly escalated quickly when all involved acted irresponsibly.
Now fast forward to today when the brawl (or scuffle) of note is the one involving two Boston Red Sox fans and Gary Sheffield of the New York Yankees. In my humble opinion the Red Sox fans acted irresponsibly and Gary Sheffield showed a large amount of restraint in not fiercely fighting back.
The MLB and local Boston police seem to agree with me as Gary will not be fined or suspended and the two Red Sox fans lost their 2005 season tickets and are being charged with misdemeanor crimes. So, congrats to Gary for showing some restraint and a warning to all those fans out there who think they’re above the law — you can and will be prosecuted.