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Stay classy L.A.: Lakers fan pepper sprays Jazz fan after game

Nov 8, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

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Wherever the Lakers travel around the nation (and around the globe), there are always some Lakers fans in the crowd. Even in rivalry cities like Boston. Or Utah.

And those fans are as frustrated with the Lakers 1-4 start as the people in Los Angeles. And some handle their anger just about as well — a Lakers fan in Salt Lake City Wednesday night sprayed a Jazz fan with pepper spray outside the Energy Solutions Arena, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

This pillar of humanity in a Lakers jersey was talking crap about the Jazz and the game inside the arena and even challenged the Jazz fans to a fight. So, they got tossed from the arena. These guys hung around outside the arena so they could continue the fight, the paper reports.

The Lakers’ fans spotted the Jazz fans standing on the corner of 100 South and 400 West and started trash talking again.

At that point, one of the Lakers’ fans pulled out pepper spray fogger and let loose with it, police said.

Idiot. (And while Lakers fans can be annoying, let’s not pretend all Lakers fans are idiots like this guy.)

If you travel to see your team in a hostile arena, you have to expect some people to talk smack. If your team sucks right now and gets is butt kicked, you need to accept it (within reason). Let’s put it this way: If you get kicked out of an arena you’ve got a problem, if you hang around outside the building to keep the fight going so you can pepper spray people who root for another basketball team, you should seek help. No, seriously, seek help. This isn’t normal.

Come on Lakers fans, try to handle a rough patch with a little class. It’s not too much to ask.

  1. cramsinned - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    So that’s why LakerLuver is not here.

    • xcastorx - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      Funny thing about LAL fans hating Brown – have to give props to LeBron for doing a lot of winning with that guy & no superstar teammates.

  2. socalgal64 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    So you make this statement:
    And while Lakers fans can be annoying, let’s not pretend all Lakers fans are idiots like this guy.,
    then say this:
    Come on Lakers fans, try to handle a rough patch with a little class. It’s not too much to ask.

    Yeah, not tarring all fans with the same brush at all, are you?

  3. 00maltliquor - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Countdown to a 20 comment battle between paulhargis53 and lakerluver in 3…2…1….

    **ding ding ding**

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      Well…..that was a huge dissapointment! lol

  4. 00maltliquor - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    …BTW, pepper spray?? What was a MAN doing with pepper spray on his person!? I hope he got it from his chicks purse for his sake!

  5. paulhargis53 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    malt: I wouldn’t count on it. ^^^ It appears lakerluver may be in jail.

    Seriously, we won’t see him for awhile since the Lakers lost again. As soon as they win again, he will be back bragging them up. Hes such a child. I cannot believe the guy is 39 years old and acts the way he does.

    • shanelsweet - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      After slightly more than an hour, I see that you have a current rating of thumbs up from 10 folks versus 4 thumbs down. Most folks seem to enjoy reading your comments, and his as well perhaps. Keep up the good work. I guess.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      ph: One could say the same about you, and you have, what, 14 years on him?

  6. dh1018 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    They need to get it together so they can lose to the heat in the finals

  7. cosanostra71 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    In my experience, the most troublesome Lakers “fans” are those who aren’t actually from Los Angeles. I’ll never understand why they root for the team anyway if they aren’t even from here!

  8. perry549 - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Can you tell me how you know the laker fan was from L.A., and not Itah?

  9. southbeachtalent - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    They should pepper spray Brown!

    • money2long - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      he would just lick his lips and ask for seconds.

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:57 PM

        Hey! I resent that comment. That’s not Mike Brown!

        That’s Chuck Norris.

    • badintent - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Do not shot bears ! Pepper spray them so they can live another day. You are in their world, please respect them for the beautiful animals they are.
      Do NOT spray Jazz fans . Karl Malone may be coming up behind you and he will step on you like the cockroach you are

      I’m Isiah Thomas and I know Karl is a large man with huge elbows.And I approve this message with help form James Dolan

  10. raheel - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Can’t really say, ‘Stay classy L.A.:” since the incident didn’t occur in L.A…

  11. nokoolaidcowboy - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Pepper sprayer = Coward.

  12. rodge1 - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    The Laker fan would have been better off spraying his own eyes that way he doesn’t have to watch the Lakers spiral down anymore

  13. charlescub80 - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    What in the world does being from LA have to do with anything? Fans are everywhere and idiots are everywhere.

  14. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Regardless what team that guy is rooting for, we all agree that this person belongs to a group out of the gene pool…

    What a D-bag.

    What a disgrace.

  15. scalfor3 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    “Stay classy [name of city]” is overplayed as hell. Stop it.

    That Laker fan is a douche, though.

  16. chargerdillon - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:11 AM


    Fox will be airing this later on When Los Angelinos Attack #37

  17. jerdogthompson - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Well must say it sounds like par for the course

    Win a championship start a riot, lose a game pepper spray anyone not wearing purple n pis$.

    Classy baby classy.

  18. cornbreadbbqred - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    That’s all right. You can go ahead and hate on Laker fans with pepper spray in their game, but I bet Lamar Odom still smokes fatties in the locker room after missing game winning free throws for the Clippers (there, I guess I just told them!)!

  19. thelakeshow562 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    16x world champions enough said f*@k all you LAKER HATERS #1

    • dexterismyhero - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      bwahahahahaha….Wow, you really told them off internet tough guy………………

  20. omniusprime - Nov 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    That’s one Laker fan who needs to be kicked out of Laker Club. What a sissy using pepper spray, just a tad less cowardly than using a gun. Some fans have to learn that it’s not the end of the world when their team loses, no matter which team that is. That idiot owes a lot of people an apology. Go Lakers!!!

  21. jerdogthompson - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Classic……..Lakers win a championship and theres rioting in the streets.

    They lose what (from what everone keeps saying) a meaningless early in the season, were still gelling, need team chemistry,blah, blah, blah regular season game and someone claiming allegiance to the Lakers waits outside after being 86’ed and pepper sprays a Utah fan?

    Classy baby, classy.

  22. paulhargis53 - Nov 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Yeah, I do. if you make the wrong assumption that the 53 is my age…..its not.

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