Ravens fan in critical condition after altercation with Raiders fan
— Instead of addressing his team’s first loss of the season the previous day, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh began Monday by speaking to a far more serious incident that occurred at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Ravens fan Joseph Bauer, 55, is in critical condition
after sustaining a serious head injury during an altercation with two Oakland Raiders fans near a concession stand late in Sunday’s game game, according to The Baltimore Sun.
“On behalf of the Ravens family, I want to extend our heart-felt sympathies and condolences to Joe Bauer and his family for what happened at the game Sunday, which is inexcusable,” Harbaugh began. “Here’s a man and his family that have been long-time season ticket holders, that know the people here that work in the building, that love the Ravens and have been to countless number of games at M&T Bank Stadium without incident.”
The Sun also reported the two men involved were charged with assault.
That’s just not what we’re about. We’re a family, it’s a family atmosphere. We be- lieve in having kids in the stands,” Harbaugh said. “I just want to say, on behalf of the Ravens organization, Steve Bisciotti most especially, that that’s not going to be OK. Whatever security has to be out there, whatever has to be done, will be done because this is just not what we’re about and we’re not going to have it at M&T Bank Stadium. Our prayers are with Joe and his family, our thoughts are with them and we’ll be pulling for them.”
Baltimore plays at home again on Sunday.
The Ravens released a statement regarding the incident hours before Harbaugh’s press conference Monday.
“Our sympathies and prayers go out to Mr. Joseph Bauer, his wife Sharon and the rest of his family. We have reached out to the family and have received a report on Mr. Bauer’s condition.
“We are deeply concerned about this assault and are learning as much as we can about it. Safety for our fans is a top priority. Confrontational and inflammatory behavior is never tolerated and is unacceptable at Ravens home games.”
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