He Was Asking for It

by Fred Schwarz

To show that the blame-the-victim mentality is not confined to rape cases, here’s a sportswriter who thinks that if that Giants fan at Dodger Stadium didn’t want to get beaten up, he shouldn’t have dressed so provocatively:

Maybe someone can ask Stow, if he ever comes out of his coma, why he thought it was a good idea to wear Giants’ gear to a Dodgers’ home opener when there was a history of out-of-control drunkenness and arrests at that event going back several years. . . .

Obviously, not every fan who wears his team’s jersey to a game is looking for someone from “the enemy” to beat up. But maybe somebody should do a psychological study to find out if all those game jerseys have contributed to the new mob mentality that seems to exist in the stands these days.

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