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 one seen in the video trying to break up the fight] offered [the Rangers fans] a couple 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 [initially] said something that offended [the Flyers fans], which made [the Flyers fans] come to them, but that little dude [the guy who eventually got knocked out] tried 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 [editor’s note: most likely South Philly Bar & Grill], or anything that can get his name. I’ll remember what they look like [if] I see them.

It’s crazy out there with people [blaming me] and 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.


53 Responses

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

  2. 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.

  3. “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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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

  12. 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!!!!!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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…]”

  24. 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.

    Gotta LUV it

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