Ravens fan critical af­ter sta­dium fight

Two N.Y. men charged with assault in al­ter­ca­tion are re­leased on bond

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Tim Pru­dente Bal­ti­more Sun re­porters Car­rie Wells and Ed­ward Lee con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle. tpru­dente@balt­sun.com

A 55-year-old Jes­sup man re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized in critical condition with a se­vere brain in­jury Mon­day af­ter a fight at Sun­day’s Ravens game.

Po­lice charged two men from New York with assault, and Ravens Coach John Har­baugh called the al­leged at­tack “ab­so­lutely in­ex­cus­able.”

“What­ever se­cu­rity has to be out there, what­ever has to be done, will be done,” Har­baugh said Mon­day. “This is just not what we’re about, and we’re not go­ing to have it at M&T Bank Sta­dium.”

Joseph Bauer, a Ravens sea­son ticket holder who at­tends most home games, re­mained in critical condition at Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter.

“We’re cling­ing to hope,” said Su­san Bauer, his sis­ter. “He’s still not re­spon­sive and not awake, and we don’t know the ex­tent of his brain dam­age. The doc­tors said it was con­sis­tent with a ma­jor stroke.”

Scott Smith, 30, of Mount Ver­non, N.Y., and An­drew Nappi, 31, of Eastch­ester, N.Y., were each charged with first- and sec­ond­de­gree assault. They did not re­turn mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

Both were re­leased af­ter posting bond: $50,000 for Smith and $25,000 for Nappi.

Nappi told po­lice that the men ar­gued, and Bauer threw a bot­tle that hit Smith in the head, po­lice said in charg­ing doc­u­ments. Only plas­tic and alu­minum bot­tles Joseph Bauer, 55, of Jes­sup is a sea­son ticket holder who at­tends most Ravens home games, rel­a­tives said. He re­mains at Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter. An­drew Nappi Scott Smith are sold at the sta­dium.

Nappi told po­lice he punched Bauer in the face, po­lice said. Bauer’s wife, Sharon, told po­lice Smith shoved Bauer to the ground and he hit his head. Bauer was knocked un­con­scious. A wit­ness, Gary Greggs, con­firmed the ac­count to of­fi­cers, po­lice wrote in charg­ing doc­u­ments. Greggs could not be reached Mon­day.

The de­tails of the ar­gu­ment re­mained un­clear. Po­lice said Nappi and Smith were fans of the vis­it­ing Oak­land Raiders.

“We’re just left in shock that some­thing this stupid could hap­pen, and so sense­less,” Su­san Bauer said. “I don’t know who these peo­ple are. I don’t know why this hap­pened. I just hope they re­al­ize they have al­tered all of our lives be­yond any­thing that we could have imag­ined.”

She said her fam­ily was called Mon­day by Ravens Pres­i­dent Dick Cass.

“We’re very touched by the out­pour­ing of sym­pa­thy and sup­port,” she said.

She said her brother is a for­mer Marine who works at Schus­ter Con­crete. He has two grown chil­dren — a daugh­ter who is a den­tist in the Navy and a son who also works at Schus­ter Con­crete — and has been a Ravens fan since the team came to Bal­ti­more.

“Here’s a man and a fam­ily that have been long­time sea­son ticket hold­ers, that know the peo­ple here that work in the build­ing, that love the Ravens and have been to count­less num­bers of games at M&T Bank Sta­dium with­out in­ci­dent,” Har­baugh said. “Then all of a sud­den, there’s an in­ci­dent where a gen­tle­man is as­saulted by some­body. That’s just not what we’re about. We’re a fam­ily. It’s a fam­ily at­mos­phere.”

Smith is a rookie fire­fighter in the Mount Ver­non Fire Depart­ment, Chief Al Everett said. He has been sus­pended with­out pay pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Everett said the depart­ment was pray­ing for Joseph Bauer and his fam­ily.

“It’s a shame that this thing hap­pened,” Everett said.

As a fire­fighter Smith won awards for “en­thu­si­asm and esprit de corps,” Everett said.

“I found him hard­work­ing and con­sci­en­tious. Wewere all sur­prised by this,” he said. “We also feel very sorry for, and are con­cerned about, Scott and his fam­ily.”

The in­ci­dent re­called an at­tack on a Yan­kees fan at an Ori­oles game three years ago

Matthew Fortese of Hager­stown was watch­ing the game with a date when he was taunted by two men. Fortese was wear­ing a Yan­kees cap.

When the men tossed a beer at him around the sev­enth in­ning, Fortese con­fronted them. Gre­gory Fleis­chman of Edge­wa­ter punched Fortese, pros­e­cu­tors said, send­ing him to the con­crete be­low.

Fortese was in a coma for months and suf­fered brain dam­age.

Fleis­chman ac­cepted a plea of­fer of 10 days in jail and $15,000 resti­tu­tion to the vic­tim.

Un­der the plea of­fer, he did not ad­mit guilt.

Michael Bell pleaded guilty to sec­ond­de­gree assault and was sen­tenced to five years in prison, with all but three days sus­pended, and five years pro­ba­tion.

Rod­ney Scott, a Raiders booster club or­ga­nizer, said the fight Sun­day marred the Ravens-Raiders matchup.

He said Nappi and Smith were not mem­bers of the club. “Who were these two guys?” he asked. Su­san Bauer said her fam­ily was ar­riv­ing Mon­day at Shock Trauma to com­fort her brother and his wife.

“I think af­ter this,” Su­san Bauer said, “we’ll all think twice be­fore go­ing to a game.”

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