Fan rage revs up

By: Sara Shookman Email
By: Sara Shookman Email

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- From the pro stadium to the high school field, a new season means revved up fan rage.

The San Francisco 49ers are cracking down after multiple fights broke out, even a shooting, after Saturday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

With fan violence erupting on the west coast, Volunteer TV wanted to know what you thought.

"Shootings, stabbing, fights. You know you've even seen where fans have gotten knocked out of the stands and died, things like that," said Wendy Turner, whose son plays for Central High School. "You don't want to see that."

Turner loves football, but she's tired of fans that can't behave. She keeps a watchful eye when she's in the stands.

"Games like this for instance, there's no security here. So if there's a parent that's out of control, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. It's just hope that it doesn't happen," she said.

"Just be passionate, pull for your team. At the end of the day, it's just a game. It's not life or death," said But it's been close in recent violence.

Ron Raby, a big Vol fan, says East Tennessee fans know how to play nice. But he can remember Florida and other match ups that left him with a sour taste.

"Sometimes its just the people. Sometimes its the alcohol, sometimes its a mix of everything," he said, "It's hard sometimes, you get caught up in the moment. But these are just kids out here playing a game."

And especially at the high school level, "It's a bad example for the kids, and they see so much on 'Sportscenter' and try to emulate it," said Raby.

Turner says remember why you're here. "You're here for the fun, to enjoy watching your child play or friend or someone. Always be aware and be cautious of other people."

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