Are sports fans out of control?

Leading Off: Have some sports fans gone too far?

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 6:54 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 - 6:23 am

Fans pay for their tickets. They settle into their seats. They cheer, they hiss, they boo. Some relentlessly taunt opposing players, eager for a reaction.

This is the double standard that has played out at sporting events since, well, forever.

Fans expect good conduct from the athletes but not of themselves? Is there a more blatant example of hypocrisy in sports?

I’ve sat in the stands for three Kings games this season, watching people spew venom directed to the action. The more they gulp down the beer, the more vulgar they become.

Unruly behavior is a problem at the college level, too. Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State was suspended for three games for shoving a fan after his momentum on a play carried him into the stands. That fan – Texas Tech supporter Jeff Orr – cursed the top NBA prospect.

Most unsettling was the reaction of the two women next to Orr. They both gestured at Smart, but shouldn’t they have directed their scolding at Orr?

Bleacher behavior became ugly at a high school basketball game earlier this season, when fans at a Liberty Ranch girls game in Galt became unruly. One spectator was ejected, and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies escorted the visiting team from the gym to the bus, just to make sure the players were safe.

What to watch

NBA, Rising Stars Challenge, 6 p.m., TNT : Check out the showcase for the league’s best rookie and second-year players.

Today’s poll

Are sports fans out of control?

• Yes, and it’s a concern.

• No, it’s part of the experience.

• I haven’t noticed a problem.

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Thursday’s poll results

Should LeBron James be on the NBA’s “Mount Rushmore ”?

• Yes, he will go down as one of the best: 33%

• No, there are too many better players: 35%

• It’s still too early to say: 32%

Total votes: 134

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