The Most Violent Fan Incidents in Sports

Drew Laing@@drewrlaingAnalyst IJanuary 7, 2012

The Most Violent Fan Incidents in Sports

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    One of the greatest aspects of being a sports fan is showing off your passion for your respective teams.

    There are highs and lows with every sports team, and fans have infamously displayed their displeasure through unfortunate acts of violence.

    These violent displays are often kept under control or are stopped before anything serious occurs. However, there are occasional violent fan incidents that get out of control and put those involved in serious danger.

    Through the medium of YouTube, we have been able to revisit some of these infamous acts.

    Here are the six most violent fan incidents in sports. 

6. Kansas City Royals Coach Attacked

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    Tom Gamboa, the first-base coach for the Kansas City Royals, was simply doing his job when two Chicago White Sox fans attacked him from behind in the ninth inning.

    A pocket knife was found near the scene, but thankfully Gamboa wasn't stabbed.

    The rest of the Royals team arrived to Gamboa's aid after only a couple seconds and gave the fans a beating of their own.

    The incident can be found at 1:07 of this video.

5. Battle of the Bay Area

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    A group of rival fans at an Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers got into it during a preseason game at Candlestick Park. 

    In addition to the fight, gun shots were heard outside the stadium shortly afterward as two people were shot in the parking lot. 

    It was just an ugly and embarrassing scene between rival fanbases at a preseason game. 

4. Monica Seles Stabbing

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    In 1993, Monica Seles was the world's No. 1 women's tennis player and the most formidable rival to Steffi Graf. 

    However, in a match against Magdalena Maleeva, an obsessed Graf fan stabbed Seles while she was sitting in a chair between games.

    Seles was stabbed in the neck with a boning knife, and the man was immediately arrested and taken away. Although the wound was only a half-inch deep and took just a few weeks to heal, the emotional wounds for Seles were much greater. She didn't return to competitive tennis for almost two years.

3. Malice in the Palace

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    It's is more famously known as the "Malace in the Palace," but the brawl between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers in 2004 was the worst in NBA history.

    What started out as a fight between the players quickly escalated when a fan threw a drink on Pacers forward Ron Artest.

    Artest and others rushed up into the stands and began fighting numerous Pistons fans. The NBA reacted swiftly by suspending nine players for a combined total of 140 games, including Artest's 73-game suspension for the rest of the season.

2. San Francisco Giants Fan Beaten in Parking Lot

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    Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old San Francisco Giants fan, was severely beaten by two Los Angeles Dodgers fans in the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium.

    Stow's skull was beaten, and he was placed in a medically induced coma by doctors. The decision-making section of his brain was the most damaged area.

    Stow has been taken out of the coma, but he is being forced to relearn virtually everything. Doctors expect Stow's brain to have permanent damage because of this incident.

1. Vancouver Riots

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    After a Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver Canucks fans erupted throughout the city. 

    Police cars were set ablaze, and several business were broken into and looted. Vancouver police attempted to impede the riots by showing force through riot shields and tear gas.

    This riot was an embarrassing moment for what is usually a very proud sports town. This act of violence by the fans was the worst in sports history.