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A man puts his hand on a woman’s throat during the Steelers-Chargers game Dec 2 Photo: Shelley Lipton



he morning following the Steelers-Chargers game at Heinz Field, we all awoke to a ton of news coverage about a viral video of one jackass Steelers fan headbutting another jackass Steelers fan. The story and the video were everywhere. KDKA’s website labeled it the “Head-Butt Seen Round The World.” Deadspin headlined it: “Steelers Fan Eats Headbutt, Refuses to Stay Down.” Whenever something 6 | DEC. 4, 2018 | PITTSBURGH CURRENT

like this happens, we all love to laugh at stupid sports fans and share the video. Violence is part of sports afterall, for the players and the fans. The probability of getting punched by someone who disagrees with you after an evening of gladiatorial-like combat and drinking is all part of the fun! Except when it’s not. On Monday afternoon, we obtained sickening photos of a male Steelers fan grabbing a woman in an L.A. Chargers

jersey around the throat with what appears to be a tight grip. Photographer Shelley Lipton, says she saw a man and a woman, both Chargers fans, standing up during the final few seconds of the game as Los Angeles kicked a field goal to win the game. According to Lipton, the unidentified man told the couple to sit down. The couple told the Steelers fan that “it was their turn” to stand and cheer. When they refused, the man lunged at the male Chargers fan and “was

beating on him.” The male Charger fan told the Steelers fan that he was not fighting with him. Lipton says the Chargers fan was almost pushed over a railing. The female Chargers fan then got in between the two. Lipton was shooting the game and when the fracas in the stands continued, she got closer and began taking pictures. It wasn’t until she processed the photos a short time later that she realized what she had captured. Her photos clearly show

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