Eagles Fans Dispute Buffalo Players' Claims of "Life-Threatening Remarks"
Buffalo’s Shaq Lawson pushed an Eagles fan on Sunday night after Jordan Phillips and others walked over to the stands. The video made the rounds on all of the big media outlets, and Phillips later went on Instagram to say:
“I love the crowd I love rowdy fans it makes the game fun. But one thing I’m not going to tolerate is someone threatening me or my family. This is a line that shouldn’t be crossed.”
Lawson wrote on IG:
“Those of you who know me know that I’m all about the fans, and I have a lot of respect for the game I play and my opponents. Before the game started yesterday, there was a fan behind our bench, who was making life threatening remarks towards us and our families. We asked Philadelphia security to remove the fan, but he was allowed to stay for the entire game. Eventually, our emotions boiled over, and I made a mistake. For that, I apologize, but there are certain lines that should not be crossed.”
The original video didn’t provide any kind of discernible audio, at least to the point where you could hear what was being said back and forth. However, a couple of other videos were made public and compiled in this post from @DrDutchTweets:
It’s time to fix this story.
I know how easy it was to convince everyone that the terrible ol’ Eagles fans were threatening the families of NFL players.
Unfortunately for them, we have receipts and witnesses.
— it’s always something (@DrDutchTweets) November 28, 2023
So in the first video, the guy says Eagles fans laughed at Phillips and called him soft. “The whole game Jordan Phillips was at this dude’s throat.” He claims a Bills staffer came over to their seats three times.
In the second video, the fans are singing the fight song while you hear a female fan yelling at “97.” Then she shouts “you need to be tested for” before the video cuts off.
In the third video, some generic taunting, but you see the Bills staffer come over to say something to the fan. Phillips is later seen talking to security.
And in the fourth video, Phillips is again yelling at the event staffer.
The final piece here is a clip from Eagles Nation, which is a TikTok from a fan sitting in the second row. He put a Spongebob-sounding voice filter on the clip for whatever reason:
Update: The fan who took the above video denies that any Eagles fans in the section said any threats/talked about anyone’s families. pic.twitter.com/lyJmka5v0N
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) November 28, 2023
“I was one of the fans that was there, and basically what happened was we were just being regular fans, trolling basically. Taunting but not really taunting. We were just, ‘go Eagles,’ calling him corny, stuff like that. We wasn’t saying no harmful things, nobody was threatening anybody’s family, that’s why I’m saying he’s lying, because we didn’t threaten nobody’s family or anything like that. We was being regular fans saying regular stuff and getting underneath their skin. He just came over there, he came over there in like a group, and they were just acting crazy, I don’t know why he did all of that, knowing we can’t come over that side. We wasn’t a real threat to them. So I don’t know why they came over like that. They pushed the guy and we’re yelling “that’s a fine, that’s a fine.” And after that we really started taunting, but we didn’t nothing about nobody’s family.”
Right, so nothing in any of these clips to corroborate what Phillips or Lawson are claiming. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, because four TikTok videos and a couple of fan accounts are certainly not the be-all, end-all of evidence gathering. Lawson specifically noted in his IG post that the remarks were made “before the game started,” so we’d have to go back to that specific time period to do some Big J investigative journalism. For now it’s just a he said/she said.
What’s most important is that the Eagles are 10-1 and have a chance to shut up Deebo Samuel on Sunday. Go Birds.