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Old 02-03-2012, 03:10 PM   #1
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Fan sues over NFL conduct policy, says he has a right to swear
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 3, 2012, 3:38 PM EST

Getty ImagesLast year we passed along word of a legal challenge to the NFL’s conduct policy for fans. Now the fan challenging that policy is coming forward to press his case and say he shouldn’t have been kicked out of a stadium for dropping an F-bomb is filing a lawsuit over it.

Eric Holguin, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who attended the Cardinals-Chargers game in October of 2010 and wore Cardinals colors at Qualcomm Stadium, said that he was kicked out of the stadium after saying “F— you” to two Chargers fans who challenged him to a fight. Security personnel removed him from the stadium for the obscenity, and now he’s filing a lawsuit.

“A fan has a right to say ‘[expletive] you’ in public. It’s a public place,” Holguin’s attorney, Mary Frances Prevost, told 10 News in San Diego.

Holguin’s lawsuit seeks an injunction asking the city of San Diego to stop enforcing rules for fan behavior at Petco Park and Qualcomm stadium, including the NFL’s Fan Code of Conduct, which ban obscene and offensive language.

The San Diego City Attorney’s Office, however, has said that it’s concerned that profane arguments can escalate into violence, and that families will be less likely to go to games if they believe they’re going to be subjected to profanity. The Chargers also issued a statement supporting the NFL Code of Conduct.

“The NFL’s Code of Conduct has helped make fans further aware that their behavior has an impact on others, and ultimately has helped curtail the number of incidents league-wide,” the Chargers’ statement said. “The NFL Code of Conduct has been and will continue to be a strong asset to our efforts.”

That is, it will continue if Holguin’s lawsuit is unsuccessful.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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this guy doesn't have a chance in hell with his lawsuit, but his heart is in the right place.


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Stadiums have become a place for the wine and cheese crowd. Next time I hear someone to to me to sit down, please be quiet and to stop cheering so loud... I will shove their smart phone up their ass.
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I guess I'm not feeling the pain of said victom... I have no problem with security escorting a foul mouthed opposing fan out of the stadium. They are correct, foul and abusive language, along with alcohol, can lead to bad things.

Remember the Giants fan who was beat unconcsious in LA?
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I guess I'm not feeling the pain of said victom... I have no problem with security escorting a foul mouthed opposing fan out of the stadium. They are correct, foul and abusive language, along with alcohol, can lead to bad things.

Remember the Giants fan who was beat unconcsious in LA?



That was in LA and it was after the game in the parking lot. Too many POS so called fans living in the area. Living in LA, it has everything to do with the type of person attending the game.


Also according to the above "report" the guy was thrown out for dropping the eff bomb to 2 guys that were talking shiat to him for wearing a different teams colors.... Which happens all the freekin time in San Diego (Raider fans south)
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:22 PM   #6
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I guess I'm not feeling the pain of said victom... I have no problem with security escorting a foul mouthed opposing fan out of the stadium. They are correct, foul and abusive language, along with alcohol, can lead to bad things.

Remember the Giants fan who was beat unconcsious in LA?
Wasn't this guy saying it two guys that wanted to start a fight? I'd be more interested in hearing what happened to them as they seem to be more of a problem. Maybe they asked him nicely.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:09 PM   #7
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i haven't been to a game at Mile High since 2008. i just got sick of the weak ass crowds there. can't get up and cheer and enjoy the game because the wine and cheese crowd complains when someone is loud or having a good time.

the NFL has worked to get the white collar fans to the stadium by kicking out the die hards who don't have silver spoons up their asses.
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the NFL does censor stuff a bit too much. but the problem in this scenario that people fail to realize is that having personal freedoms don't allow you to hinder anothers' in the process of using yours.

60,000-80,000 fans pay their price for their tickets, they have the right to enjoy the game as they wish so long as it doesn't hinder others.
i agree that you should be able to cheer and yell at games, but if you can't do so without cussing(my you i cuss like a sailor on shore leave) and causing a ruckus that disturbs everyone else then you need to watch it on TV.
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Obviously Mr. Weatherford didn't get the memo.

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the NFL does censor stuff a bit too much. but the problem in this scenario that people fail to realize is that having personal freedoms don't allow you to hinder anothers' in the process of using yours.

60,000-80,000 fans pay their price for their tickets, they have the right to enjoy the game as they wish so long as it doesn't hinder others.
i agree that you should be able to cheer and yell at games, but if you can't do so without cussing(my you i cuss like a sailor on shore leave) and causing a ruckus that disturbs everyone else then you need to watch it on TV.
if i am dropping a couple hundred dollars on a sunday at the stadium, i should be able to tell Phyllis Rivers to go **** himself from my seat without worrying about getting escorted out of the stadium.
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