According to Adam Schefter, the NFL is currently investigating a member of the Steelers coaching staff for allegedly assaulting a fan.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NFL investigating Steelers' assistant coach for allegedly assaulting a Patriots' fan Thursday night: <a href="http://t.co/nsTO6hY5fZ">http://t.co/nsTO6hY5fZ</a></p>— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/642371926132850688">September 11, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Now I know what we're all thinking: how in the hell did a member of the Patriots manage to disguise himself as part of the Steelers brass, sneak into the coaching booth, and then add some validity to the scheme by kicking one of his own fans in order to deflect attention away from what is clearly yet another cheat cheat cheatycheat cheating scandal?
And while it makes sense to think that, it also makes sense to actually read the report, take a look at the writing that said that this is just an alleged attack and that the league is looking into it, and not jump to any unnecessary conclusions or start stomping your feet and pointing fingers. If the investigation reveals that tight ends coach James Daniel did in fact assault a fan, that he is in fact guilty, and that appropriate measures need to be taken, we can revisit this issue at that point. But until then, I think we should treat it like the alleged investigation that it is and not pay all that much attention to it. Ultimately, while it's always deplorable for one human being to attack another, and that goes double when someone on a sports team takes a shot at a fan, this is a relative non-issue and not something that needs to become a full-blown event. To harp on it, rub it in, highlight any kind of hypocrisy that may or may not be occurring regarding general reactions to this relatively inane story, or continue to push buttons, is exactly the same kind of juvenile, buffoonish behavior that most of us have spent the last eight months deflecting at an alarming rate. So let's all avoid temptation, abide by our own expressed wishes, and just focus on football. No need to stoop to everyone else's level. The Patriots just got a great win. Let's stick to that.
And let's be honest here: it was a New England Patriots fan at Gillette Stadium who had probably been tailgating all day. If he did in fact get popped one, he probably deserved it.