A 55-year-old Baltimore Ravens fan remains in critical condition following a fight with two much younger Oakland Raiders fans at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Two New Yorkers, Scott Smith, 30, of Mount Vernon and Andrew Nappi, 31, of Eastchester, face assault charges. Joseph Bauer allegedly threw a non-glass beer bottle at one of the two men. Nappi allegedly punched Bauer and Smith allegedly pushed him to the ground. Bauer, a season-ticket holder, hit his head, which resulted in the life-threatening injuries.
The Ravens released this statement:
Our sympathies and prayers go out to Mr. Joseph Bauer, his wife Sharon and the rest of his family. We have reached out to the family and have received a report on Mr. Bauer’s condition.
We are deeply concerned about this assault and are learning as much as we can about it. Safety for our fans is a top priority. Confrontational and inflammatory behavior is never tolerated and is unacceptable at Ravens home games.
The Raiders squeaked by the Ravens in a 28-27 thriller. The competitiveness of the game might have helped catalyze the altercation.
“We’re just left in shock that something this stupid could happen, and so senseless,” the injured man’s wife told The Baltimore Sun. “I don’t know who these people are. I don’t know why this happened. I just hope they realize they have altered all of our lives beyond anything that we could have imagined.”