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by George Malik on 03/05/12 at 10:02 PM ET
According to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, anyone who cheers for a sports team other than the sports team which represents their geographical locale is a “dorkish” person who is a “bandwagoneer.” Well what’s a person that makes the injury-laden Red Wings’ players, their fans, the organization and the entire Metro Detroit area look as terrible as the person he beat up? According to WDIV Local 4 (via RedWingsFeed), Dearborn City Councilman Bob Abraham was assaulted after Sunday’s Wings-Hawks game because Abraham’s son’s pals came to town from Chicago to cheer their Blackhawks on, and dared to wear Hawks jerseys to the game:
“We ran into a gentleman who was just not happy to see Blackhawks fans in Detroit,” Abraham said.
The man was driving a blue Chevrolet sports utility vehicle out of a parking lot west of the arena. He got out of the SUV to confront the Chicago fans with Abraham.
“I remember telling the guy, ‘Just please, go back to your car. They’re just kids. They’re not bothering anyone,” Abraham said. “Before I knew it, I was on the ground.”
His wife, Mary Ann Abraham, was just a few feet away. She was driving near the Joe to pick up her husband and the others.
“He hit Bob several times,” she said. “Blood all over the place. I didn’t know if this guy was going to pull a knife or a gun.”
If you click on the link, you’ll see that Mr. Abraham’s left eye is swollen shut, and WDIV reports that there was no description of the man given, but if you saw anything happen while you were heading home from Sunday’s game, I might suggest that it’s your duty as a Red Wings fan, a Blackhawks fan, whatever, to call the cops and make sure the bully who committed this crime is caught and prosecuted. This goes so far out of bounds in terms of “acceptable fan behavior” that it’s insane. Shame on that person.
Update: the Arab-American News has more about the incident.
Update #2: Despite the fact that the crime occurred in the City of Detroit, the Detroit News’s Josh Katzenstein reports that the Dearborn Police are also interested in your report if you have one:
Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said officers are looking for witnesses of the incident and hoping surveillance video footage can uncover some clues.
“It’s still being investigating,” Stephens said. “We’re still looking into it.”
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