A college band tuba player took matters into his own hands without dropping his instrument, punching out a heckler at a football game without missing a minute of playing.
It comes as fan violence has plagued every level of American football this season.
During a game between Texas Southern and Jackson State Saturday, the Texas Southern band’s tuba player was dealing with a heckler.
The Jackson State fan confronted the tuba player with a drink in hand and began to yell at him as he tried to play along.
The Texas Southern tuba player tries to use his words but eventually resorts to punches, as the fan goes spiraling backwards.
A college band tuba player took matters into his own hands without dropping his instrument, punching out a heckler at a football game without missing a minute of playing
All of this happened without the tuba player missing a beat with the Texas Southern tuba section.
In one video, the band member can be heard clearly telling the man confronting him to ‘f**k off, b***h.’
Another video is reportedly from the angle of the heckler with commenters saying the man was upset after being spit on.
It’s unclear if police responded to the area or if the heckler sustained any injuries. It’s also unclear if the tuba player was allowed to continue the rest of the game or faces criminal charges.
Texas Southern lost to Jackson State on the field 21-19
The Saturday incident comes as fan violence has been sweeping the stands of National Football League games this season.
A 53-year-old New England Patriots supporter died after being beaten by a Miami Dolphins fan – though an autopsy revealed Dale Mooney may have succumbed to a ‘medical issue.’
Already this season, the Giants, the 49ers, the Bengals, the Commanders, the Rams, the Broncos, the Ravens and the Seahawks have all seen nasty scenes – in the stands or around the stadium – go viral.
In a statement to Mail Sport, the NFL said: ‘Our top priority is the safety of the more than one million fans who attend games each week. We deplore the activities of a handful of fans who interfere with the enjoyment of others.’
This is not a new problem, of course, nor one confined to football. But the numbers still make for grim reading.
During a game between Texas Southern and Jackson State Saturday, the Texas Southern band’s tuba player was dealing with a heckler
The Jackson State fan confronted the tuba player with a drink in hand and began to yell at him as he tried to play along. The Texas Southern tuba player tries to use his words but eventually resorts to a punch, as the fan goes spiraling backwards
Sunday’s game between the Las Vegas Raiders and LA Chargers was marred by mass violence
One incident saw a Raiders fan punched and thrown down the stairs by a Chargers supporter
A recent survey found nearly 40 percent of NFL fans have witnessed criminality at or around an NFL stadium; around one in 14 has been a victim themselves. Nowhere have fans seen more disorder (63 percent) than at Lincoln Financial Field – home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The most common crime witnessed? Physical violence.
Less than two per cent of Colts fans, meanwhile, said they feel comfortable letting their children go to Lucas Oil Stadium unaccompanied. Across all 32 teams, that number was 77 percent.
Nearly three quarters of female Lions fans (74 percent) admitted they would not feel comfortable alone around Ford Field; throughout the league, it was 45 percent. Yet, perhaps the most striking feature of this flurry of violence is the number of women dishing out the violence.
Patriots fan Dale Mooney, 53, died after a fight with a Miami Dolphins fan at Gillette Stadium
One lost her wig in a wild brawl during the 49ers’ win over the Giants last month. A few days later, near the Bengals’ Paycor Stadium, a mass fight broke out between female fans, with punches traded and even a stool thrown across a packed bar. Only the arrival of a SWAT team ended the carnage.
‘I thought I was at a WWE wrestling match,’ Dr Lou Marciani says of the recent violence involving female fans. He is co-founder of the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience – with a focus on safety and security.
‘It was almost disgusting,’ Marciani adds.
So what is behind this surge of viral violence and what can be done to curb it?
‘We continue to work closely with our clubs and law enforcement officials to support our comprehensive fan conduct and stadium security initiatives,’ the NFL statement continued.