The Deaf Man Who Says He Filmed The Fight Outside Geno’s


Earlier today, once police all but cleared the idiot who seemingly lied about being the one that assaulted a Rangers fan, Neal Auricchio Jr., outside Geno’s, we wrote that we wanted to hear from the person who shot the video which is now all over the internet.

Tonight, that person reached out to us.

He is a 30-year-old deaf man who asked that we not use his real name. So we’ll call him Lou.

Lou sent me a cryptic email, which at first made it seem as though he had another video of the incident– he didn’t. After a few follow ups, we got on the same page, and Lou explained that he shot the original video that has led to a police search for the men who assaulted Auricchio, a Purple Heart recipient.

I gave Lou my phone number, but because he’s deaf*, he says, asked if we could text instead. Skeptical, I asked Lou to forward me the original video file, a request that most likely couldn’t be completed without a delay if he didn’t actually take the video himself. He promptly texted and emailed me the 46 second video file, complete with iPhone file-naming conventions and a slightly higher resolution than the one posted on YouTube. Lou took the video.

*A quick Google search of his real name confirmed Lou’s reason for not being able to speak on the phone.

As you might expect, there was more to the story than what you saw on this site and others.

Lou: [as you can see, we cleaned up the grammar a bit, for readability, but left all of his phrasing in there…]

I was walking toward the line for Geno’s, and these guys in Flyers jerseys bribed a black dude, who might be a window cleaner for cars and such, to spray his cleaner at [the Rangers fans who were in line at Geno’s]. I got some sprayed on me, but I walked away from the black dude. Then he went back across the street to [the Flyers fans], and they were just cracking up so hard. So the Rangers fans started yapping at them, so all verbal out there. [Lou says he can read lips, and that his cousin confirmed it was mostly "Rangers suck,” from one side, and "Rangers are number one,” from the other…]

Then the Flyers fans went after them, which I started filming, as you could see in the video. Then after that the video ended. And after two minutes, that dude who got knocked out got up and needed some medical help, so he got a lot of ice from Geno’s to put on his face. One of the guys in the Flyers jerseys [the[the one seen in the video trying to break up the fight]ered [the[the Rangers fans]ouple of steaks. They walked away.

That was it. In that line there was like 3-1 Rangers fans, they all stood there and watched, didn’t even move to help or to call cops. Only one Flyers fan tried to break it up.

The Rangers fans [ini[initially]id something that offended [the[the Flyers fans]ich made [the[the Flyers fans]e to them, but that little dude [the[the guy who eventually got knocked out]ed to tell them to stop, don’t start, but the Flyers guy just ignored him and took his jacket off and punched his face. So the Flyers guy went too far.


He continued, saying the Flyers fan who tried to help received high fives from the Rangers fans for his efforts. Lou also said there was someone else – who you can see in his video – filming the event.


The Flyers guys were hanging out at the bar, across from Geno’s, so police should go there and ask for some info, like if he used his credit card at that bar [edi[editor’s note: most likely South Philly Bar & Grill] anything that can get his name. I’ll remember what they look like [if][if]ee them.

It’s crazy out there with people [bla[blaming me] all. I just said that I taped it. I was like wow.


He said how much he regrets putting the video on YouTube, because perhaps he could have gotten some money for it:

The video which I took is just way too popular, and I made a mistake to post it on YouTube. Someone copied it and let the news know about it. I thought it was nothing big until I heard this guy was a vet, which made it big. Oh well, I’ll learn next time.

You can post what I’ve told you, and maybe that might help a little to catch those guys.


Maybe it will, Lou.

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  • Will January 6, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Awesome scoop, Kyle. Well done.

  • SeanDevlin January 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

    This is great. Phenomenal job Kyle. Doing us Nova guys proud.

  • Andy (San Diego) January 6, 2012 at 1:40 am

    What’s up with their fellow Ranger fans just standing there watching (not helping)?

  • Chris M. January 6, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Lifelong huge Flyers fan here but these morons are despicable. What trash! I am truly embarrassed and apologize honestly on behalf of all of us civil Flyers fans. Find them, sue their ass and lock their asses up for as long as the law
    allows. Maybe as part of the sentence he should pay a visit to MSG for the next Flyers/Rangers game and make a public apology at center ice. Yeah right, that would be sweet, but the judge won’t have the guts.

  • John E. January 6, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Wow, great scoop!

  • Scott January 6, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Andy, I think you know the answer to that…

  • Iron Balls McGinty January 6, 2012 at 4:12 am

    “What’s up with their fellow Ranger fans just standing there watching (not helping)?”
    Posted by: Andy (San Diego) | January 06, 2012 at 01:40 AM
    That’s why I incorrectly thought that when this first came to light, we were maybe seeing the ending of something the Rangers fans who got beat up had started.
    But it’s just tragic that Neal Auricchio wasn’t really involved and was just trying to make peace between those on either side who were fighting.
    Maybe we as Philly fans can band together and do something that benefits Mr. Auricchio in a gesture of good will, to show him that most of us are good and caring folk, despite our allegances to our particuler teams. Maybe orginnise some charity drive in his name. Or better yet, make a donnation directly to him somehow, to pay for his medical expenses and any long-term suffering. It’s sad to say, but even LEOs, vets, and other public servants don’t have all of that paid for them completely most of the time, especially in the long term.
    Yes, it is a good scoop Laddie. Keep it up until they nail those fucking shyteheel basturds who caused all of this.

  • P January 6, 2012 at 6:08 am

    This is not really sports related. The media is making it and you’re all buying into it. Its a story because they’re wearing jerseys. Would it be all over the place if they were not wearing the jerseys? It’s an everyday everywhere occurrence between men sensationalized my the media because people are wearing opposite jerseys and it’s on you tube, otherwise we would never know. Philly just got crowned murder cap, what happens when some one in a Phillies fitted kills someone in a New York fitted? Will it be sports related?
    Really who gives a fuck? Happens everyday.

  • Hater January 6, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Fuck giving that dude shit, unless you’re blind you can clearly see in the video that he was not a saint. Rangers fans out numbered flyers fans 3 to 1 he had some comfidence and didn’t think it was going to go down like it did.
    Ps jersey cops are assholes especially when they drink.
    Pps My uncle has a purple heart from Vietnam. I got a new one from a box of frosted flakes. No disrespect to anyone. Just doesn’t carry the same weight.

  • Dan Griffoni January 6, 2012 at 7:15 am

    That’s weird. You mean to tell me these model citizen Ranger’s fans weren’t in the midst of curing aids and helping old women across the street with their groceries when they were suddenly blind sided and attacked for no reason as the media is portraying this? I’m confused.

  • Larry David January 6, 2012 at 7:52 am

    was Scott Paterno invloved in this

  • Chris Langille January 6, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I see you Columbo!! Good stuff dude

  • matt January 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Since the guy is recovering and his injuries aren’t life threatening I have to throw in a solid “who gives a shit, let’s move on here” on this fuckin’ story. This being Philly (324 homicides last year) I’m sure there were like 4 actual murders since this incident occurred. You whippin up a t-shirt for this too Kyle?

  • CJ January 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Gotta love how just because it’s a Vet people give a shit. If it was any Joe on the street no one would care. Bullshit.

  • TCR January 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I like how philly fan defends this. part of the problem, not the solution. typical.

  • dan griffoni January 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    TCR loves men.

  • Jonny January 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I worked with many deaf people, this dude can type extremely well for being deaf. Thumbs up to “Lou”. These dirt bags will be caught, which is all that really matters. Without his video it would have been forgotten. To all those who want a “fund raiser” for the guy who got popped? The guy is a war vet and currently a cop, he’s got great medical benefits and personal benefits through his job like most other civil servants do. Keep your money.Let’s just hope he’s fine, I say that’s enough.

  • Paco January 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Some of your readers sure are giant pieces of shut, Kyle.

  • Paco January 6, 2012 at 9:03 am


  • Muscles January 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

    why can’t deaf people type well?

  • Deezy January 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

    He really did miss out, if AJ was still running Deadspin he would have paid at least $2.64 for this video.

  • Adam January 6, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I am sick of hearing about this… i agree with “P” above… not a sport story, but will say job well done by you Kyle, but i am more interested in the real reason that “lou” wanted to text

  • Ron January 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Rangers Suck. Keep your Rangers jerseys at home, (or learn to keep your trap shut!) when venturing to out of town sporting events. Your are just asking for trouble. Drunk people and hometown passion do not mix well for out of towners. Dude got KNOCKED THE FUDGE OUT!!!!!

  • john richner January 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

    wow. another hockey story…

  • Phil Merrill January 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I’m pregnant and let’s go Rangers!

  • RB January 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    keep the hockey stories coming

  • matt January 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Deaf people can’t type? On what, touchtone phones?

  • dan griffoni January 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I’s be’s a jumbo Ranger’s fan ya dig? Those ideal citizen ranger’s fans was be’s just tryins to enjoy a nice night out on the town while simultaneously curing world hunger when 8,000 6’10” flyers maniacs plowed them over in they’s hummer and then snucks thems from behinds and all. Us Ranga’s fans would never talk dirtay about anyone. Peace and love to all!

  • FACE January 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Great work Kyle, nicely done. It’s good to hear the entire story.
    Let me just say that it’s awful that these other people didn’t step in and help these guys. The Flyers fan that did is the man obviously but regardless if the other people are Rangers or Flyers fans, they’re punks for standing around like scared children and doing nothing.

  • Rick Santorum January 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    99% of cops are complete pieces of shit who after nearly failing out of high school completed community college and followed their drunken father’s footsteps into pretending to be public servants.

  • Wayne January 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Yep…great scoop Kyle. Sometimes I hate your opining on this blog, but I gotta hand it to you for your content. Kudos

  • Bob January 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    The rangers fans where asking for it! Why the hell would you go to genos in your rangers jersey after the flyers just lost the winter classic! They wanted a fight! just because they got their asses handed to them its wrong! Who cares! maybe next time they’ll take the jersey off! Idiots

  • Bob's Dad January 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Bobby, I don’t like your tone. You are grounded.

  • Bob's Grandfather January 6, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Stay out of it, Junior!

  • mm January 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

    change the name of the blog to Narc-ing on Broad, for fuck sake who cares, move on.

  • Barney the bed bug. January 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    New York, the bed bug capital of the world. Good luck with that this summer.

  • TheBobarian January 6, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Was it Lou Ferigno? You’d think the Hulk would have broken it up.

  • Benny the bed bug. January 6, 2012 at 11:27 am
    Classy joint!

  • Jonny January 6, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Muscles, “why can’t deaf people type well?”
    Think about how you learned to spell. We, the hearing humans of the world sound out words to read them and to remember how to spell them. We remember what the letters and complete sentences sound like. Deaf people don’t know what letters and sentences sound like, they only know what they look like. Most of the time when dealing with the Deaf they don’t spell well, and they don’t form complete sentences. Mainly because it’s very hard to remember what every single word looks like, and what complete sentences look like. Also sign language, their main form of communication doesn’t use complete sentences either. A deaf person who wants a job may sign. I can work for you. You hire me? or Me need work for you. You can hire me with a sign for question on the end. The signing for American sign language focuses more on getting the point across than it does focus on proper grammar. I have a few friends who were deaf, and I also went to school for ASL. It’s very tough to express yourself to the hearing world for most deaf people. It burns me up when people mock them and their voices, as they must not know how hard it really is to communicate with us. Anyway, you asked.

  • jj saucerman January 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I’m blind after reading your stupid post on deaf people. What is this webmd?

  • Jon January 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Calling BS on the deaf thing. with all due respect why would a deaf person need a PHONE.?

  • Linesman612 January 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Some of you get off the internet, your stupid is showing.

  • Stu Gotts January 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Question for Kyle
    if Lou says “I’ll remember what they look like [if] I see them”, did you show him the pics of that clown who bragged he did it and his buddies to confirm if he recognizes them or not?

  • KevinPemery January 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Kyle, strong work

  • Muscles January 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the report jonny

  • Iron Balls McGinty January 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Could it be that Jonny is just too feeble-minded to tell good typing from bad? Maybe somebody should be working with him because he has a smartness dissabilitty. hahahahahah

  • Katyte January 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Jon, you’re right if you think a deaf person cannot use voice on a phone. However, they use texting on a cell phone, and joined the 21st century with the rest of us.

  • Rob January 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm
    I am still working on this.

  • me January 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Jonny…deaf people can read, therefore they can write or type.
    But, I think the deaf part of the story is BS.

  • Tom January 6, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Here’s an interesting take on Philly fans I dug up:

  • Iron Balls McGinty January 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Jonny, the suppossed “expert” on deafmutes, appears to have a big learning dissabillity. If he’d read Laddie’s entire article here, he would have seen that Boyo has “cleaned-up” a lot of what Lou gave him:
    “Lou: [as you can see, we cleaned up the grammar a bit, for readability, but left all of his phrasing in there…]”

  • The Gov January 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    How dare these Rangers fans come into our city to support their team. It’s not like attending a Winter Classic is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Flyers fans would NEVER go to another city and where orange and black. NO WAY. And even worse, after the Rangers win in an outcome that wasn’t even remotely decided by the fans, these assholes have the nerve to get HUNGRY?! IN OUR CITY?!?! Who do they think they are? They can’t stop by one of the most family friendly tourist attraction restaurants in the city after a nationally publicized event and not expect to get their asses kicked. They got what they deserved!
    …I wish there was a font to distinguish sarcasm.

  • phillyfan January 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Gotta LUV it

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