A new report has video of a fan using an illegal weapon, a taser, against another fan at Met Life Stadium last night for the New York Jets-Dallas Cowboys football game.
The report comes from Deadspin, which shows a group of fans at the Jets-Cowboys game getting into a huge brawl in the stands and one of them using a taser. The sound of a taser gun is distinctly heard in the video.
Mark Lamping, chief executive and president of MetLife Stadium, confirmed to the Associated Press the Deadspin report. He said a fan brought the cell phone sized taser into the stadium and used it when a fight broke out. According to Lamping, the man was arrested without incident and no one was seriously hurt.
The fight comes on the heels of increased coverage involving violence in the stands at sporting events. In Southern California, at a Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game, Giants fan Bryan Stow was attacked in the parking lot after the game by Dodgers fans. He has been in a medically induced coma ever since.
Most recently, in San Francisco when the 49ers and Oakland Raiders faced off in a preseason game, there were 39 arrests after numerous fan violence incidents. Several fights broke out in the stands and in one case one fan stabbed another.
This uptick in fan violence has caused at least one politician to act. California Assemblyman Mike Gatto. The congressman recently introduced legislation to deter assaults and fighting at sporting events.
Sunday was the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. As a result, there was an increased security presence at MetLife Stadium.