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A connection between team rivalry and criminal activity

Watching professional sports teams like the Washington Redskins proves both exciting and excruciating. Fans from across the country gather to view men battle for trophies and high honor. If you root for the winning team, and they win, you've won. If they lose, you lose.

Perhaps the camaraderie between sports players and fans is what causes men and women to commit crimes on game day. Serious offenses land fans ticketed, injured or even in jail.

If you plan to participate in game day, do not be tempted to engage in criminal activity. Though alcohol plays a significant factor, the impact of the conviction of a serious crime may leave you behind bars--unable to watch your favorite team win the championship.

Crimes committed on game day

In February, CNN reported that Philadelphia Eagles fans walked the streets committing crimes like vandalism and theft. Burned cars and scaled flagpoles occurred all in a form of celebration.

Though Philadelphia fans prove to be notoriously passionate, the fans exhibited just some of the crimes committed in cities across the country during sports games.

Crimes cited during and after sports games include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Vandalism
  • Burglary
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Public urination
  • Arson
  • Rioting

Alcohol plays a significant role. According to the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD), 80% of those imprisoned who committed crimes abused alcohol and drugs.

The cost of committing a crime

Criminal activity due to sports rivalries results in severe monetary punishment, including imprisonment, depending on the severity of the crime in Virginia. A court may rule that you owe significant fines especially due to a felony conviction.

Should your crime prove severe, a court may elect to send you to prison. You may be unable to pay for bail, unable to see your family and lose your job -- all because you participated in illegal activity in honor of your favorite team.

Do not make decisions that would harm you or a loved one by committing a serious crime. Though hecklers may aggravate sports fans, the risk you run in physical retaliation proves far greater than a criminal celebration.

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