John Harbaugh Defends Ravens Fans Who Threw Snowballs


Dec 8, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (center) congratulates players after scoring a touchdown in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at M

Adrian Peterson and Leslie Frazier were both hit with snowballs on the sideline at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday. And if those guys were hit, you can bet other Viking players, coaches and personnel were hit. Ravens fans apparently think it’s hilarious to pelt people with snowballs…as long as the targets have their backs turned and are too far away to retaliate.

Most reasonable people I think would frown on this stuff and some might even label it low-class and gutless. Not John Harbaugh. He apparently thinks this is perfectly acceptable fan behavior. In fact he even thinks it’s funny.

“Who doesn’t throw snowballs when it snows?” Harbaugh chuckled when asked about the pelting. “Maybe in Minnesota because they’re so used to snow, maybe that’s gotten old for them.”

He’s right. Getting hit with chunks of ice from behind does get old after awhile. Doesn’t really matter if you’re in Minnesota though. That starts to suck after awhile no matter what state you’re in.

Harbaugh can joke and laugh about this because no one got seriously hurt. But I still think the matter at least warrants an apology from the Ravens. The field is the players’ work environment, and that environment is supposed to be secure. If fans are firing hard chunks of snow and ice at players? That is not a secure work environment.

I know the Ravens can’t be held responsible for the behavior of every miscreant ex-convict drunk piece of crap in the stands, but at the very least they should say they are sorry. You’d think an organization with Ozzie Newsome at the helm would be classy enough to realize that.

I didn’t expect an apology from Harbaugh because, well, he’s a Harbaugh. We know what the Harbaughs are all about.

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