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There has been a lot of interesting conversations going on the past week about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the realm of sports fans. Mostly because of the incident with Marcus Smart and a Texas Tech fan. Athletes need fans, without them they would not be able to go to college for free or to get paid millions of dollars. Fans also can be an athletes worst nightmare.

With the Marcus Smart incident no one argues what he did was wrong and dumb, but let’s look at how the middle aged guy who wanted to get some fame by heckling and demeaning a 19-year old. My main thesis of this article is not to say being excited fan is moronic, but rather to just hold a mirror to ourselves as fans before throwing judgement at an athletes actions or reactions.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo talked to ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike  about what his players and other players go through after being yelled at of hours during a game and then those same fans attacking you on social media.

We can control what they tweet, to a certain extent. They’re going to get frustrated sometimes and probably say something stupid. But it’s what they read. If somebody’s writing stuff about your daughter when she’s in high school, I’ll bet you look at it a little differently. I’ve had grown men (my players) in my office in tears because of what’s being written. That’s what brings the frustration level.

Kentucky freshman Andrew Harrison almost lost it after an Arkansas fan confronted him after losing in overtime.

We all remember Ron Artest attacked a Detroit Pistons fan in the Malice in the Palace” after a fan threw a beer at him from the stands.

It seems that every athlete will experience this issue at least once, fans will do something to get under their skin. Several college and professional teams encourage their fans to be the sixth man.

The issue is this, players at any level have rules that they must abide by. But the fans have no one to filter what they say or do other than the fan themselves. Sure, if they get too out of line at a game a security guard will force them to leave. As of now though, there is no way to stop them from taunting a player outside of a stadium, the internet, etc..


How many times have you seen fans attack a recruit on social media for committed to a rivals team?

Kids like Alabama signee Rashaan Evans, who is from Auburn High School, is getting persecuted for not going to Auburn by his hometown.

“It’s getting worse,” Evans told TideSports.com on Monday. “Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there. We are going to eventually start losing money. People are telling restaurants in the town not to serve us. It’s hard for me to go out and chill with my friends like I have always done because people keep coming up to me telling me I made a bad decision.

“It’s grown men. They are asking me why I did this to them. I told them I had to do what is best for me.”

This is a problem Mr. and Mrs. Fan. These, especially at the high school and college level, are kids. Sports from the beginning of time were created for entertainment and colleges have created a system to where students can get their tuition paid for while they produce this entertainment. Why would anyone look down on a kid for going to any college?

I close with this thought, if you or I were at work with 20,000 plus people around us looking, analyzing, judging every act you or I did we would go crazy. I might even push a one of the 20,000 if they said something over the line when I was really stressed out–if I am being honest.

Let’s go back to enjoying sports. Let’s leave the athlete to compete and us sitting back in amazement of what these men and women can do. There is way too much really important things going on in the world for us as spectators to cross a line with an athlete.

 Sports Fans: Cant Live With Them, Cant Live Without Them


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