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Jaguars organization address fan behavior after Seahawks game

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Reihold Matay)

At this point, unless you have been living in a cave, you have seen the replays of what happened at the end of the Seahawks/Jaguars game. In case you miss it, here’s a full rundown of what went down at the end of the game. 

We have an update of what has been happening in the aftermath of the situation. Here’s a statement from the team regarding the aftermath of the game:

The Jacksonville Jaguars in no way condone the behavior of a small group of fans that occurred at the conclusion of Sunday’s Jaguars vs. Seahawks game, which involved the throwing of several items on to the field in the direction of a visiting player. 

Immediately following the conclusion of the game, a thorough examination of the incident was initiated involving the Jaguars, NFL Security, the stadium management company (SMG), the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office and the stadium security company (SAFE Management).  While the investigation continues, the group has reviewed video footage and interviewed fans and staff who were in the vicinity. During the incident, four individuals threw five objects from the stands. These objects included plastic cups with ice and liquid, a bag of popcorn and a plastic bottle.  In accordance with the Jaguars’ Fan Code of Conduct, these individuals are being identified and will be contacted. If they are Jaguars season ticket holders they will immediately have their season ticket member privileges revoked indefinitely.  Those purchasing single game tickets will indefinitely lose the option to purchase tickets for future games through the Jaguars and our affiliates. In addition, each will be banned from attending Jaguars games in the future.
We’re grateful for the immediate response by stadium security personnel to the situation.  The Jacksonville Jaguars and our stadium partners are firmly committed to creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all who visit EverBank Field, including fans and members of the visiting team.  It is unfortunate that the actions of a few would tarnish the reputation of the Jaguars fan base and the positive, electric game day atmosphere at yesterday’s game.  EverBank Field is well-known around the league for its world-class game day experience and the manner in which visiting fans are treated.  In advance of this Sunday’s final regular season home game we want to remind our fans of the Fan Code of Conduct and encourage them to enjoy the game by showing proper respect to others.

Meanwhile head coach Doug Marrone commented in his Monday presser about the end of the game:

My responsibility is – if I see something on the field that’s a play or an action caused by either my players or someone else’s play – to hand it into the league…Player safety is the No. 1 issue. Those things go to the league and the league does a good job handling that. That’s the way I usually take care of it.” Asked if the Bennett play would be sent to the league, Marrone said “I’m sure we’ll have discussions with the league. Yes.” …

We do have an update on that end with regards to how the league will handle the Seahawks players:

Clearly Jacksonville is taking this situation seriously. With the Jags looking to make the playoffs that mean these fans lose those privileges. Obviously there are ways around this. People can get their tickets elsewhere and have someone else make the purchase, but the Jags acted fairly quickly on this matter the best to their ability. You can bet that security will be ramped up moving forward to prevent this issue again in the future.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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