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Good use of taser

May 5, 2010 - Neil Rudel

The incident Monday night involving the Philadelphia fan running around Citizens Bank Park that was subdued with a taser has drawn a lot of comment across the country.

I have no absolutely no problem with it.

Why should any fan disrupting a game be subject to consideration and the less-painful penalty of being tackled, rather than tased? We're not talking about this fan being shot on sight.

Consider: If a total stranger ran into your workplace, it would be accurately perceived as a threatening situation. People should not have to make a determination of whether someone is dangerous. There are plenty of dead people who have succumbed to a lack of security in the workplace.

Now factor in that professional sports is a mutil-billion dollar industry with prized commodities. We've already seen incidents like Monica Seles being stabbed by a sick fan who come out of the stands and the first-base coach for the Kansas City Royals getting assaulted by unruly fans on the field.

Any fan that thinks going to a sporting event at any level entitles them to run around the field like it's a playground deserves to be subdued in whatever manner necessary to protect everybody else.


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