The Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans were none too pleased last Wednesday when they were ousted from the MLB playoffs after losing the one-game National League Wild Card game to the Chicago Cubs. It appears that the horrible loss may have affected the attitude of this Pittsburgh cop as well.
A Cubs fan named Dimitri was at the game to root for his team on at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. He was dressed in a goat costume as a reference to the Curse of the Billy Goat, which was placed on the Cubs back in 1945 when a man was forced to leave a World Series game at Wrigley Field because his pet goat’s odor was appalling to the other fans. Billy Sianis, who was the owner of said stinky goat, put a curse on his once beloved team by saying, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” The Cubs have not won a National League pennant since then and have not won a World Series since 1908.
— ✶ Sports Mockery ✶ (@sportsmockery) October 8, 2015
Dimitri told his side of the story to Sports Mockery:
After I was notified by text that I was on TV, I tried holding up my sign and was hit with a “spit” chewing tobacco cup by a pirates fan in the left field bleachers. I had an exchange of words with the fan and the usher told me I was kicked out. I left my seat and was exiting through the concourse when a Pittsburgh police officer who didn’t know any details confronted me, once I asked him if I could talk to him about the situation, he grabbed me and attempted to put me in a choke hold. I asked him to stop, he said “or what” (you can clearly hear this on the video). Then, the other security guards tried to smack the phone recording the incident out of my friends hands. I was then body slammed and handcuffed. No arrest was made, nor were any charges filed. They merely kicked me out for being a fan and excited to be on TV and watching my team win.
Dimitri said that he was not arrested, but did have to go to the emergency room from injuries to his back and wrist. He is considering pressing charges.