Fan Violence: Losing Touch with our Humanity

Can you believe there was another act of violence in the Dodger Stadium parking lot?

I hate to say it, but I can.

This latest rash of violence actually hits a little close to home. A good friend was followed and threatened in the same parking lot just this weekend. And, I could have been right there with him.

I’m afraid violence is beginning to become the norm at Dodger Stadium.

The problem is, I don’t think any amount of security is going to put an end to what is becoming an overarching trend in sports. Acts of violence, threats, hate… and this is not only directed at fans. The sports stars get it too.

Just a week ago, Lakers guard, Steve Blake, missed a possible game winning shot.

His family received death threats.

This is not acceptable. We, as a society, have gone too far. We are losing touch with reality, and losing sight of our humanity.

Honestly, why would you want to beat up the fan of an opposing team? What would you gain from that? Does it make you feel better about yourself? Does it help your team? I’m just beside myself trying to make sense of this mindset.

Sports are supposed to be fun entertainment, not war.

Why are we intent on making it war? Don’t we already have enough of that?

Something needs to change.

I think we need to be reminded that these are pastimes, not life. We need to remember that these teams are full of people, not animals. And, most of all, we need to remember how to have fun.

If we could somehow get these messages out there, I think we’d be headed in the right direction. It may not solve all of our problems, but the reality is that there needs to be a change of mindset.

Added security could be a Band-Aid, but it isn’t the answer. Something more needs to be done. What are your thoughts?

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