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The Rypien Aftermath

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ultimately, what surprised me most in the aftermath of this matter was how Rypien’s conduct raised a separate, but parallel issue - that is, how much should boorish fan behaviour be factored in as a mitigating circumstance. For example, ESPN’s SportsNation conducted a poll and discovered that an astonishing 37 per cent of respondents believe there might be a legitimate reason for a player to attack a fan. More than one in three!

E-mail traffic was similarly provocative. While a lot of people saw it the way Bettman did - as a black-and-white issue - some wanted to use the incident as a forum on the conduct of fans at sporting games, and how sick and tired they were/are of having to tolerate the drunken musings of the loudmouth in the next row, who is constantly spilling beer; using profanity within earshot of their children; and generally acting in a way that makes them vow never to spend $100 or more to enjoy (!?) the live fan experience.

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This fan does not fit the drunken lout profile.  Rypien was wrong he was suspended period amen.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/22/10 at 09:52 PM ET


And for the record, the guy who was actually assaulted by Rypien said “Way to be professional”...

I agree with everything else you said, but I don’t believe for a second that that’s all he said.

Posted by Garth on 10/23/10 at 01:19 AM ET

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The only legitimate reason I can think of for a player/fan altercation in any sport is when a fan comes onto the field of play and starts attacking players and/or officials. Its happened in soccer and rugby a few times.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 10/23/10 at 02:53 AM ET

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The issue is black and white. Unless the spectator initiates physical contact, you have to endure his/her boorish behaviour. That can be difficult with a high adrenaline level, but that’s the requirement of a professional athlete.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 10/23/10 at 07:35 AM ET

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