The New York Jets had a big day. The team took down the mighty New England Patriots with a narrow overtime win, 30-27. And one of their fans is now the leading vote-getter for the jerk of the year award.
Sure, no such accolade exists, but we are willing to make an exception for this Jets fan featured in a video posted over at Next Impulse Sports—a man who punched a female fan.
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 11:20 a.m. ET by Gabe Zaldivar
The New York Post has an update for a story that continues to unfold. Four people have been charged in the brawl, including the woman who was punched by Kurt Pashke.
Jaclyn Nugent, 26, was charged with "simple assault and disorderly conduct" on Tuesday. Amanda MacDowell, 25, and David Sacco, 28, were also charged along with Paschke—the man in the Wayne Chrebet jersey—who has been taking most of the heat.
Police officials were careful to note that, "The women were the aggressors."
All four can soon expect summonses to show up for a Nov. 13 court date in East Rutherford Municipal Court.
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UPDATE: Monday, October 21, 2013, 8:58 p.m. ET by Gabe Zaldivar
The New York Daily News has an update to the story. It seems the man who punched a woman reportedly named Jaclyn Nugent in the face is Kurt Paschke, and he spent three years in prison back in the 1990s for fatally stabbing a 17-year-old man.
The entire article is well worth your time and profiles a young man who spent time in prison and includes quotes from Paschke's mother who claims her son was chided all game by Patriots fans before they engaged him in a fight.
His mother, Colleen Paschke, states, "He was just hitting back to defend himself. She continues, "It wasn't done deliberately. If you see the video, they just went wild."
The report maintains that officials are still investigating the matter.
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Deadspin's Samer Kalaf was the first to post the video and divulged the following from the fan who sent the footage to the website:
Fight started in the stands with two girls fighting. And moved out to where I shot the video. Beer was thrown and clothing over the balcony. Security went after the guy. Didn't see what happened after that.
According to the report, the fight happened after the game with fans flocking to the exits at MetLife Stadium. At some point, the man in the Wayne Chrebet jersey got involved and got a healthy pummeling from a group of fans.
The New York Daily News received word from the team that issues, "We are aware of the situation and we do not tolerate that behavior. Parties involved were detained and this matter is now in the hands of the New Jersey State Police."
Essentially, they have thrown up their hands and asked police to handle the peculiar and rather frightening situation. Per the same report, police are investigating the matter but have yet to make an arrest.
All we have to go on is a mere snapshot of a raucous brawl that features a man slugging a woman.
At the start of the video, it looks like Mr. Chrebet was being prevented from huddling over or interacting with someone who appeared to be on the floor.
The view is blocked, so any fan in the know, please speak up. From there, he got shoved and socked until he answered with a punch to one female's face.
Thankfully, it appeared that she was fine toward the end of the video.
The disconcerting aspect in all this is the people stating that she had it coming in the YouTube comments section. One such comment ponders, "oh so when the a women hits you its okay but when you hit back hes a scum?"
Let's recap for some of the uninitiated out there: It's never OK to hit a woman. Nope. Stop. No. Just give up whatever hypothetical you are drumming up, because it will still be no.
Let's also consider this guy outweighed the female by at least a bill and didn't seem all that affected by her onslaught.
The easy way to avoid all of this is to merely not get into a brawl at a sporting event. That might sound like crazy talk, but most of us have a pristine record in that regard.
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