Ravens fan in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter al­ter­ca­tion with Raiders fan

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & NATIONAL SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

OWINGS MILLS

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.”

Fol­low Sean Gro­gan on Twit­ter: @Sean_Ce­cilWhig

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