Jeffrey Lurie says ‘99.9 percent’ of Eagles fans behave themselves
The much-maligned fan base of the Philadelphia Eagles suffered another blow to its unsavory reputation due to allegations of boorish behavior before, during and after the team’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.
According to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, however, a huge majority of the team’s fans are well-behaved and a few bad apples spoil it for everyone.
Reports out of Philadelphia indicated Vikings fans were harassed and felt threatened by Eagles fans. Footage surfaced of Vikings fans being pelted by full beer cans on their way to the stadium. Several additional allegations of untoward behavior followed, including incidents where two Eagles fans were arrested for allegedly punching horses.
Lurie, however, sees such unseemly behavior as outliers and not representative of “99.9 percent” of Eagles fans.
“I would say 99.9 percent of the fan base is incredibly conscious of the fans around them,” Lurie said Monday’s Super Bowl Opening Night, via NJ.com. “And like any passionate fan base, you’re going to have some people that are acting in a way where it doesn’t make you proud. That happens.”
Lurie, a native of Boston, also suggested Eagles fans are no different than their contemporaries in other East Coast cities.
“I would say that Boston, New York and Philly have very similar incredibly passionate fan bases,” Lurie said. “I’ve seen a lot of scenes growing up in Boston and I’ve seen a lot of scenes in New York and I’ve seen a lot of scenes in Philly. These are great sports fan bases. Really, really great.”
Lurie makes a great point. The Eagles fans who behaved boorishly and treated Vikings fans poorly deserve to be criticized and called out. However, to cast such a wide net and suggest the entirety of the Eagles fan base are drunken miscreants simply is not fair.