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This year’s annual NYPD-FDNY football game ended in a bloody, free-for-all after a police officer brutally tackled a firefighter near the NYPD’s sidelines during the game’s final minutes.
It occurred Sunday at the 44th annual Fun City Bowl, according to the New York Post. Some fun.
The video depicts six-foot-three firefighter Tom Slane, 33, being escorted off the field with blood dripping off his face.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” the 285 pounder who played tight end told The Post, which reported:
Another firefighter also got laid out during the unsanctioned violence.
The NYPD’s Finest had a comfortable lead of 29-13 when the FDNY’s Bravest rushed across the field following the tackle, which didn’t result in a penalty.
Given the score and that the tackle occurred during the game’s final minutes, the hit was totally unnecessary.
“They hit our quarterback out-of-bounds, and that’s how things started,” FDNY coach Steve Orr told The Post “There were a lot of hotheads there.”
The players eventually separated after the initial brawl but continued yelling curses at one another, which resulted in a second brawl in the middle of the field.
Officials let the clock run out as the announcer reminded the players that it was a charity event.
A similar brawl broke out in the middle of an NYPD-FDNY charity hockey game in 2014.
Warning for language and violence.
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