Philly Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan spoke with David Henry of 6 ABC in an effort to remind fans that unruly behavior will not be tolerated tomorrow night. One of the key takeaways is that undercover police officers will be wearing Saints gear and arresting, well, assholes:
The police have a lot of eyes and ears in the stadium and some will be in disguise.
They’ll be wearing New Orleans Saints jerseys and hats. So, be careful who you pick on.
“I would be very hesitant about that. There were many Eagles attendees that left early during the Chicago game for that very same reason,” Sullivan said.
It seems pretty obvious that police are doing their best to be proactive about this and prevent any serious issues. This is less of a news report and more of a warning.
But I don’t think it’s anything new. After the Bears game, I got an email from reader Ashley alledging the same tactic:
Did you know that security at the Linc is now dressing in opposing teams’ jerseys and when an Eagles fan “taunts” or “makes fun” of them, they get kicked out, have to pay a $75 fine, and take a 4-hour class before they are ever allowed back into the Linc again?
I can put you in touch with the person I know that this happened to.
[I responded but never heard back.]
It’s hard to define “taunts” or “makes fun of” in Ashley’s email, but I’d imagine that with the prime time Saturday night start, it being the playoffs, and the potential for snowballs, police will have a short fuse and there will be a very lower barrier to entry for those phrases.
Stuff like this happens everywhere, though. In Dallas last week, security personnel handed out cards to Eagles fans:
— Delco Pride (@Delco_Pride) December 30, 2013
Wonder if they have a card explaining what to do in case your quarterback is Kyle Orton.
Video after the jump.