Shortly after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship on Sunday, multiple fans got into an altercation, and one was stabbed in the neck.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 9:45 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant
According to a report from the Associated Press (via Yahoo! Sports), a 46-year-old man has been identified as the culprit in this stabbing and was arrested in Atlanta on Tuesday evening.
Here's an excerpt from the report:
Georgia Dome spokesman Jason Kirksey says James Lewis McCoy of Villa Rica was arrested Tuesday by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority Police Department. Information on McCoy's charges was not immediately available.
New information has also emerged that the two men involved in this incident were not spectators inside the Georgia Dome for the NFC Championship:
Kirksey says the stabbing may have been over an argument about food during a tailgate party outside the Georgia Dome Sunday. Some initial reports indicated it came from a dispute between football fans. But Kirksey said neither McCoy nor the person stabbed attended the game.
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The news comes from My FOX Atlanta:
Police are investigating a stabbing incident in front of the Georgia Dome just after the Atlanta Falcons lost to the San Francisco 49ers.
Witnesses tell FOX 5 News that man rooting for the Falcons got into a verbal altercation with another man and two women pulling for the 49ers over the outcome of the NFL Championship Game. They say the argument turned violent and one of them cut the Falcons fan's throat.
According to the report, the victim was transported to the hospital. His condition is still unknown.
Another report from WSB-TV Channel 2 news in Atlanta:
A witness told Channel 2's Rachel Stockman a Falcons fan, who was upset about the team's loss, began arguing with a 49ers backer in the silver lot outside Gate D. The argument turned violent when the Falcons fan punched the 49ers fan, who then pulled out a knife.
One of the two men was stabbed in the throat area and transported to a local hospital.
The condition of the person who was stabbed is unclear at this time.
This is turning into an alarming trend.
More and more stories about fan violence in sports seem to be popping up, and if we aren't careful, it's something that can get out of control.
Last preseason, a man was beaten unconscious in a stadium bathroom and two others were shot following the Oakland Raiders vs. San Francisco 49ers game at Candlestick Park in August.
This NFL.com report mentions a stabbing during a Raiders-Chargers game in 2003 and another stabbing from the same matchup in 2011.
And of course scenes like this fan fight between Browns and Bills supporters are getting to be way too commonplace.
If you've ever been to a sporting event (especially one as important as an NFL playoff game), you know how heated it can get between fans of opposing teams.
Friendly trash talk back and forth between fans is part of the game, but unfortunately, that animosity is seemingly turning into violence far more often as of late.
That's something that just shouldn't happen.
Fans need to realize that sports are only games. Getting worked up about your favorite team is fine, but doing so to the extent that any fans has to fear for their safety means that you are going far over the line.
Something needs to change.
But right now, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Falcons fan hopefully making a speedy recovery.