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Video Of Nick Collins “Incident” Emerges

September 29, 2010
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Fan behavior gone too far.

Per NFL rules, Fox 6 Sports could not post the video of Nick Collins interaction with a fan after Monday night’s loss to the Chicago Bears. As expected, that didn’t keep the video from hitting the internet. A fan with a video recorder simply taped the Fox 6 news segment and then posted it to the world using Youtube.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Collins had stopped in the tunnel to throw his gloves to a Packers fan when a Bears fan spit on Collins and called him the N-word. Collins then reacted by throwing his plastic mouthguard at the fan. In turn, the fan gave Collins the “one finger salute” as Collins and Packers’ security personnel disappeared into the tunnel underneath Chicago’s Soldier Field.

After watching the video, it looks as if Collins got caught up in the heat of the moment and gave into a fan’s taunts. Having said that, this particular fan was grossly out of line and should be barred from attending any more NFL games. (Maybe a worse punishment would be to force him to watch the Cubs.)

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy defended Collins’ reaction and said he will use the incident as a learning experience.

“I understand Nick’s story as far as what happened and what our security people that were there, and I support Nick 100%,” McCarthy said. “It is an emotional time, particularly after a game, and I think it’s something that we can all learn from.”

The league is currently looking into the situation and will likely fine Collins this week. Last week, Brandon Jacobs was fined $10,000 for throwing his helmet into the crowd, although it appeared to be an accident. Collins, on the other hand, deliberately threw his mouthguard at the fan. Regardless of intention, I would guess Collins’ fine will be similar to Jacobs’. It is possible that commissioner Roger Goodell will hand down a more severe penalty, but given the fan’s alleged behavior, that decision would not sit well with many fans or players.

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