A man called a “Jesus lookalike” was asked to leave a darts tournament in England after a crowd of 4,000 spectators turned its glare on him, chanting to the point that players could not focus on their game.
Nathan Grindal was the Jesus lookalike at the center of attention for his shoulder-length hair and brown beard. He was on hand to watch a match between Phil “The Power” Taylor and Kim Huybrechts, which was being broadcast on live television, when a few fans seated near him started yelling “Jesus!” The taunt quickly gained steam and the match had to be interrupted because the crowd’s chant of “Stand if you love Jesus” was too much for the dart throwers, according to the Daily Mail.
In a video that has since gone viral, the entire crowd, which some outlets reported was closer to 5,000 strong, is standing while Grindal was escorted out and visibly upset.
Bar security recognized Grindal did nothing wrong and bought him a drink at a nearby bar while advising him to watch the dart contest on television there.
“It was all very weird and distressing. I didn’t break down crying but I did get emotionally distraught,” Grindal said. “They were bullying me and picking on me, saying that I was someone else. It would have been okay if the security hadn’t made a fuss getting me out of the arena. I was evicted for something I have no control over. I felt discriminated against.”
Grindal the Jesus lookalike is 33 years old, the age of the real Jesus when he was crucified, and also works as a day laborer, whereas Jesus Christ worked as a carpenter. Grindal is a native of Australia but moved to Oxford four years ago. Christ was born to Mary and Joseph, who traveled to Bethlehem from Nazareth to pay their taxes.
The Christian Post reported Phil Taylor was none too pleased with the ruckus, saying, “If I ever see Jesus again, I’ll crucify him myself.”
Grindal was mad about being escorted out of the event but Professional Darts Corporation spokesman Dave Allen defended the decision.
“There was a lot of chanting of Jesus, and to avoid it distracting the players Nathan was taken to another part of the complex,” Allen said. “We want everyone who comes to have a good time and we do not want one fan to become a problem for the players and to possibly affect play.”