Raiders fan swings helmet at Cowboys’ B.W Webb as teams brawl (video)
The Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys held a joint practice on Tuesday, and as often can be the case when teams get a chance to hit players after playing it half-throttle during training camp, things got a little testy.
In fact, things spun completely out of control as players from Oakland’s offense and Dallas’ defense mixed it up in an all-out brawl. Later, the script was flipped and it was the Cowboys’ offense and Raiders’ defense who engaged in some extracurricular activity, but the real show occurred in the former brawl, not the latter.
In the brawl that pitted Dallas O vs. Oakland D, it appeared to be precipitated by Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne tackling Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera during drills.
Claiborne appeared to taunt Raiders fans watching the joint practice and then ended up in a scuffle with Raiders receiver Greg Little.
And then the floodgates opened and pandemonium broke loose.
The pushing, shoving and swinging and other assorted madness caused the mass of brawling humanity to spill into an area in close proximity to the fans who were attending the show-turned-spectacle.
At some point during the fracas, a Raiders fan took a Raiders helmet — it appears it was a recently purchased souvenir or had been brought along … although some Raiders players were sans helmet as a result of the dustup — which he proceeded to swing at Cowboys cornerback B.W. Webb, because, well, of course he did.
“It’s definitely a dangerous situation,” Webb told the Star Telegram. “I don’t know why fans would want to jump on this side of the fence. I don’t think they’d like it too much on this side.
“I wasn’t expecting that, but whoever jumped on my back, I had to get them off.”
Said rowdy Raiders fan’s helmet swing was preceded by his taking a few hits to the back of Webb, who reasonably responded to both the slaps and the helmet being used as an improvised blunt weapon with a swing or two at the attacker before being pulled away by Cowboys coaches.
Here’s another look at the incident which clearly shows the helmet swing from a different angle:
In the end, Webb probably is lucky he didn’t connect on his swing — even though it’s hard to find fault in his reaction — and the same can be said for the would-be recipient of said swing. The Cowboys corner likely would have been staring down the barrel of a ridiculous lawsuit and the Raiders fan, despite the fan base’s reputation of being as tough as they come, likely wouldn’t have been feeling too great had Webb landed a haymaker or two.
[H/T Kissing Suzy Kolber, Deadspin, top image via @DesmondPurnell]