We Zaprudered That Family Fight at the Eagles Game (Where’s the Security?)

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More video emerging from that family fight at the Eagles game Thursday night, and this one provides a much better look at what happened. It doesn’t appear that too many punches landed, but it went on for a while… and it took security forever to get there.

We pick up the action with the fight well underway:

To start:

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Don’t fuck with this girl

At around :06, we meet this guy…

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“Gimme an E!”

… a lone “event staff” member holding a “Go Eagles!” sign. He has no chance, but, dutifully, he keeps holding the sign high as long as he can (“elbow right angle and above the waist! elbow right angle and above the waist!“).

At :22, we meet This Fucking Guy. TFG escalates things by first finishing (important!) and then throw his drink into the pile:

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“Ice cold justice, biatch!”

He’ll later help break up the fight and shrug when people accuse him of making things worse.

Dejected after 25 seconds of trying, our spirit squader lets down his guard and heads off:

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“Gimme an… ah, fuck it.”

At around :39, we see someone wearing a sport coat and jeans pulling someone out of the pile:

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Undercover

He’s a plainclothed security guard, because he can be seen talking into his wrist in Eliot Shorr-Parks’ video from Friday:

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There’s either a microphone in his wrist, or he’s got a friend that nobody can see

This guy is half helping, grabbing – literally – the low-hanging fruit out of the pile. But there’s not much he can do without backup.

At around :50, we see a guy in a suit on the steps:

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“I have big hair and thick glasses– don’t FUCK with me. Also, how may I help better your experience this evening? Warm towel?”

He’s most likely part of the Eagles’ “concierge” staff, whose stated mission is to “provide guests with the highest quality sports and entertainment experience in a safe, clean, and friendly environment.” They’re doing a great job today.

At :54, we see this Justin Bieber looking motherfucker carrying what appears to be his seat as a keepsake from the melee. That, or he wants to murder somebody with it. He’s helped out of the ring by This Fucking Guy, whom we met earlier:

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“Drinks are cool, bro. But no steel chairs BAHWGOD!”

At 1:21, a thick dude wearing a grey Eagles jacket is allowed to enter the fracus and seems to be doing his best to break things up. Don’t know who he is, but he starts laying down the law real fast and might be a plainclothed security guard, too. Or he’s Hollis Thomas:

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“Get ’em, Tank.”

At 2:00, the most Philly woman ever: “Do me a favor, call the cops, you knucklehead! You frigging idiot!”

I’m told that both the “event staff” and “concierge” are employed by the Eagles and that they are, under no circumstances, allowed to get involved in fights or put their hands on guests. That task falls to CSC and Apex– both private security firms.

It’s unclear who the “plainclothed” guy (and Number Two) works for. We don’t see a uniformed security guard show up until 2:19 of the video, when a guy in a black “Apex Security” jacket steps in:

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Law here.

By this point the fight is already breaking up. The plainclothed guy or guys, the concierge and our peppy event staffer did the best they could (remember: they’re not allowed to touch people). But this fight needed more uniformed security guards, and it needed them to get there much faster.

Of course, the delay allowed for the Cupid Shuffle to serve as our soundtrack, which is pretty awesome.

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9 Responses

  1. Why is this still a story? So there was a fight and people got thrown out. It is no longer interesting but with the way the Eagles season is going, I guess this is big news.

  2. Yo Kyle –

    Love the commentary/jokes about the fight. A few quick things to take note of regarding the location of this fight, and why security was so late.

    #1 – The location of this fight looks to be in section “C5 or “C6.” These are CLUB level sections where seats are much more expensive than 100 level or 200 level. Naturally, you’d expect people to act more civilized here. This obviously isn’t the case.

    #2 – Section C5 is located in a very hard to reach corner of the building. If you pull up a map of the Linc, you’ll be able to see it’s in the very END of the club section, and only accessible from one direction. There are roaming security teams along with permanently stationed teams located all over the stadium, but this location is one of the hardest to reach from a time standpoint.

    #3 It’s all about numbers with security. Section C5 is VERY small. In fact, in terms of seating it’s one of the smallest areas in the entire stadium. Are you going to allot your security team to being positioned in a section with 12 rows, or are you going to keep them more focused on sections where there are 38+ rows of fans.

    Not making excuses here – just trying to explain that this was the perfect storm for fans… or in this case, a family, to go full-on beastmode for so long with such little security presence.

    1. You are spot on, we cover a large area and also have special posts searching vehicles etc that takes away from our response and that night we worked our asses off, radio never stopped.

  3. Old friend of mine went to Eagles Dallas game in the 90s. Upon leaving the game, he was cut off in the parking lot by two Dallas fans…they laughed and gave him the finger.
    when the cars stopped at the exit gate he jumped out and one punched the driver, knocked him out. he ran around to get at the passenger, who hid behind the unconcious driver.

    ps: Youtube the Zapruder film with audio from the motorcycle cops microphone…brutal.

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