EDITORIAL: Liquor fuelled ‘fans’ should be cut off

Following recent events at both Westhills Stadium and the Rogers Centre, it's timely to look at drunken idiots and sporting events.

There’s a small portion of the population who use public events as an excuse to drink to excess and cause a disturbance, ruining the event for at least some others.

Examples include the jerk who dumped a beer on a Baltimore Orioles player during the American League wild card game against the Blue Jays, and the Colwood man who was arrested for throwing coffee in the face of a Vancouver Island Raiders player at a Westshore Rebels football game.

Reports indicate the man in Toronto has been fired from his job with Post Media, but the 22-year-old West Shore resident will have to wait until the end of December to learn his fate, as he is scheduled to appear on a charge of assault. The consequences of a guilty verdict could be far-reaching, including limitations on the ability to travel and future employment, not to mention the stigma that could follow him around for years.

West Shore RCMP say he was egged on after a bet with friends. They may have been just as inebriated, but unfortunately, they won’t pay for the group’s collective stupidity.

Fans who lay down hard-earned cash to go to sporting and entertainment events, often with young children, want no part of their experience marred in such an abhorrent manner. Fortunately these types of incidents are few and far between. Nonetheless, many parents are hesitant to expose their kids to the foul language and bad behaviour that is much more prevalent.

There is a responsibility on the part of those hosting such events to do their best to ensure incidents like that don’t take place. Perhaps implementing a two-beverage limit is a step worth considering as is making it clear that boorish activity will not be tolerated.

But in the end, there’s only so much you can do to prevent those bent on making fools of themselves from raising that bar to new levels. The one thing we can do collectively is immediately report any behaviour that looks like it may get out of hand, and discreetly demand action from those in charge.

If fellow fans show their intolerance early for drunken misbehaviour, ugly incidents like the one at the football game might be avoided.

Just Posted

Victoria feels the pinch at the pump as gas prices jump 18 cents

Gas up to 157.9 cents per litre at some stations

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

Saanich residents planning Halloween fireworks displays must plan ahead

Folks are required to attend one of three safety courses, buy a permit

‘Panda’ Goodlife runner searches for his head

Facebook post for help leads to ‘unconfirmed panda head sightings’

Man swinging election sign threatens to kill woman in Oak Bay

Police detain aggravated man without use of taser

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Two Cowichan Tribes families devastated by duplex fire

Carla Sylvester sat in her vehicle, on Tuesday morning, with tears in… Continue reading

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in US after ‘accidentally’ crossing border

Parents travelling with three-month-old reportedly being held in Pennsylvania

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Most Read