Former Marine on Life Support, 2 Raiders Fans Arrested After Ravens Game Day Clash
A former Marine is fighting for his life and two men have been taken into custody after a brawl among fans at a Baltimore Ravens game ended in tragedy.
Joseph Bauer, 55, was at Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders when police believe he somehow became involved in an argument with two Raiders fans near a concession stand at M&T Bank Stadium.
The argument reportedly turned physical and ended with Bauer, 55, falling to the ground and striking his head.
Bauer, who was at the game with his wife and another couple, lost consciousness. Doctors have since placed him in an induced coma and he remains on a ventilator.
Bauer's sister, Susan Bauer, said the fight was a consequence of "fan fanaticism."
"My brother's 55 years old and two Raiders fans attacked him and punched him in the head and knocked him unconscious over stupid fan rivalry or fan fanaticism or something," Bauer told WBAL.
Witness accounts at the stadium led police to two New York men they believe were seen walking away from the altercation.
On Sunday night, police arrested Scott Smith, 30, and Andrew Nappi, 31. They are both charged with aggravated assault, according to online court documents.
Both suspects were released on $25,000 bond.
Meanwhile, doctors estimate Bauer has about a 30 percent chance of recovery. Susan Bauer said he responds to commands when briefly brought out of sedation.
The Ravens released a statement following the incident.
"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," the statement read.
"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."