Raiders Fan Hits Cowboys Player During Brawl [Photo]
Joint practices are nothing new, fights at joint practices aren’t either. But fans getting involved in a brawl between two teams? You’d think there would be precautions to prevent that.
Well, in Tuesday’s joint practice between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders those precautions seemed to be nonexistent as an Oakland fan got into an altercation with Dallas cornerback B.W. Webb during a brawl between the two teams.
According to reports, the unidentified Raiders fan hit Webb twice in the back twice with his hand then a third time with a helmet. Webb reacted and swiped at the fan with his right hand as the brawl was broken up.
The brawl started when Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne slammed Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera to the turf just a few yards away from the Oakland section of the crowd. Despite an agreement between the two teams that there would be no tackling at the practice, Claiborne said he decided to take down Rivera after the tight end lowered his shoulder.
Claiborne then walked over Rivera and celebrated the tackle, and as anyone would expect, madness ensued. Dozens of players were brawling within reach of the fans behind a fence.
“Two teams going after it and happened to be some fans, too,” Webb said. “Hey man, it happened. I wasn’t expecting that. But whoever jumped on my back, I had to get them off. Hey, you got to let them know, man, the only thing protecting you is this fence.”
For Wednesday’s practice there was increased security on the Raiders fans’ side of the field. Webb won’t be disciplined by the NFL or the Cowboys for the altercation.
Check the gallery for photos of the brawl.
Feature photo by Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports.