New stadium christened with huge drink-throwing ‘bring-it-brawl’ among Rams fans

The National Football League regular season hasn’t even started, and fans are already brawling amongst themselves.

This particular encounter commemorated in viral cell phone video might have been a special occasion, however: an otherwise meaningless pre-season game between intracity, AFC/NFC rivals Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, who now share the same home base, SoFi Stadium.

In fact, the fisticuffs broke out during the game’s second quarter on Saturday at the venue’s very first game in which in-person fan attendance was permitted. SoFi opened in September 2020, during COVID-19, when pandemic restrictions were in effect.

About 70,000 “mostly peaceful” fans showed up even though the game had no real relevance.

In video shared on Twitter, a man wearing an Aaron Donald jersey appears to be arguing with some presumably Chargers fans, as a pal seems to be trying to calm him down. Indeed, just as the intensity level is dialed back, he appeared to throw the first punch or slap, and fists began flying, culminating in at least three dudes pummeling the Donald jersey wearer with haymakers.

A woman in the upper right appeared to throw something, possibly a soda, at the Donald fan, however, and that allegedly seemed to instigate the melee.

In a video from an overhead vantage point, two or three other men separately started brawling nearby.

After about five minutes (which must have seemed like an eternity for the combatants and bystanders), security showed up. They reportedly escorted the first man out of the building. It is unknown at this point if cops arrested anyone.

(Donald is a defensive tackle for the Rams.)


Former Major League Baseball pitcher Dallas Braden expressed disdain for the woman who allegedly threw the drink:

“Like gifting a Bentley to a Beverly Hills brat with a drinking problem, the brand-new venue was quickly desecrated after a group of boorish bros started a massive brawl. While it’s safe to assume that the fight was started due to a split in LA fandom between the Rams and the Chargers, the punches were largely dealt and received by Rams fans,” Outkick’s Alejandro Avila quipped.

On the field, the Chargers prevailed by a score of 13-6 in an exhibition game in which, as is customary for matchups that don’t count, the stars stayed glued to the bench.

Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, or hockey, some fans seem to forget that wearing a shirt with a player’s name on the back does not mean that he or she is on their favorite team or that the apparel requires them to uphold the “honor” of the team when someone else is talking smack.

Stadium operators may eventually have a decision to make when it comes to adult patrons: Either ban team jerseys or ban beer. Or maybe both. The tendency for grown men or women to wear team jerseys in the first place is a related conundrum.


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