The NFL's low tolerance for fan misconduct has led to a substantial increase in fan arrests over the past decade. The league is cracking down on drunken horseplay and instead of handing out warnings, are showing fans the cuffs.
It's a football game after all. Emotions tend to run high. But, fans tend to go a bit overboard with their behavior. You can blame it on the alcohol, the loss, or even just the spontaneous sour mood, it doesn't matter. Fans just don't care. When the Steelers visited the Bengals last season during the Wildcard round, a total of six fan arrests were made that day. That's twice the average in one game. One guy even had the guts to fight someone and then pee on them after. Honestly, urinating on someone's head is not exactly the right way to represent your team as a fan base.
What makes matters worse is that fans tend to drunkenly stumble their way out the exits and into the streets looking for fights, with the presumed logic that the police aren't smart enough to follow them there. Right.
The "fan code of conduct" is as good as nothing once the alcohol is brought on. I mean come on, do you really believe that NFL fans are just going to sit quietly in their seats like they're at a funeral? It's a contact sport. Words are going to be exchanged and the occasional blood is going to be spilled.
We, as football fans, are biased, aggressive, and at times embarrassing. We're ruthless to the fans of the opposing team, and aren't afraid to show our emotions. We fight tooth-and-nail for our team and show absolutely no remorse as we hurl insults at the opposition.
But, we're also loyal to the core.
Certain rowdy individuals -- like the peeing bandit -- aren't a representative of the fan base whole. We love our team, and we're proud to show it, even if we tiptoe along the borders of the law. So, without further ado, here are the top teams that have garnered the most fan arrests in the entire league.
15 Green Bay Packers
14 Minnesota Vikings
13 Chicago Bears
12 Miami Dolphins
11 Cleveland Browns
The franchise has had an ugly legacy, to say the least. Honestly, it's surprising to still see Browns fans hanging on to their team. So, it shouldn't be shocking to hear that this fan base is an unruly bunch. I mean think about it, the team has been nowhere near surpassing mediocrity and they're still searching for an identity as a team. They struck out on a conflicted quarterback through the draft and now they're trying to scramble together a decent roster. It's no wonder fans are revolting. Most of you remember the Bottlegate incident back in 2001 that paved the way to the Great Brown Depression.
10 Philadelphia Eagles
9 New England Patriots
The Patriots are a winning franchise, and their fans absolutely love it. They also their love their ageless leader, Tom Brady. Around the time of the Deflategate scandal, three men barged into NFL headquarters, handcuffed themselves together and demanded to be arrested to show support for the "baseless accusations" against Tom Brady. Not only do they love their quarterback, but they also love to riot -- for both wins and losses. I'm talking about the UMass Amherst Campus riot that resulted in 13 arrests and the use of tear gas to disperse the crowd as well as the 2003 Super Bowl "victory parade" that ended up with a drunk driver reversing into, and killing a man, during the whole shenanigans.
8 Seattle Seahawks
7 New Orleans Saints
Saints fans carry a distinguished sense of pride in both their city and their team. In their eyes, they run the NFC South, and nobody can take that away from them. And, as a community, they've been through both disaster and triumph which has elevated their will to new levels, and deservedly so. Their behavior during games, however, is a different story. In general, most fans tend to get arrested for disorderly conduct or for the typical drunken spat. Every now and then you'll have the crazed fan that just defies the normal limitations of the average sports fan.
6 Buffalo Bills
5 New York Jets
We all know how ruthless the city of New York is to their home teams. And, you can bet that they're even more brutal to visiting fans, especially when the Patriots come to town. Football is a game that brings out the inner savage in a fan. But, some fans should just leave the hitting to the players. Remember when the Bills came into MetLife Stadium back in 2014? Well, since the Jets didn't produce a win, a fan decided to leave with a victory blow, which came in the form of a devastating right hook on a trash-talking Bills fan. Needless to say, the guy was arrested.
4 Cincinnati Bengals
3 Pittsburgh Steelers
2 Oakland Raiders
1 San Francisco 49ers
It doesn't take a genius to know that the 49ers and the Raiders hate each other's guts. They're not only competing for bragging rights in the Bay Area, but they're also looking to be THE established team. Although Raider fans have long been criticized for their violent, rowdy behavior in the past, in truth, 49er fans have been relatively worse on game day. In a single season, there have been over 3,415 incidents in Levi Stadium. This tally includes over 200 fights and 23 felony arrests. And, that's just one season. Don't count out preseason either, there are just as many arrests in these games as there are during the regular season.
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