Flyers fans attack Rangers fan Neal AurrichioTalk about ironic. (Not to mention incredibly messed up on about a million levels.) Turns out the N.Y. Rangers fan who was so severely beaten by a group of Philadelphia Flyers 'fans' after Monday night's NHL Winter Classic that he had to be hospitalized wasn't just your average guy wearing a Rangers jersey. 30-year-old Neal Aurrichio, Jr. of New Jersey also happens to be a police officer and decorated veteran of the Iraq War. Who, it should be noted, was awarded the Purple Heart during his service as a Marine. (Two tours.)
Oh wait, it gets better! Aurrichio also has a wife and an infant son at home.
Seriously? If anybody on this planet deserved such a vicious, violent attack, IT WASN'T THAT GUY!
The as-yet-unidentified idiot Flyers fans who jumped Aurrichio and his buddy (whose injuries weren't as severe, apparently) don't just give hockey enthusiasts a bad name, they give human beings a bad name. Apparently one of the assailants might have been stupid enough to brag about the bloody scene on a hockey blog, commenting on a graphic video of the incident:
“It was me and my friends, do something about it ... How dumb do I look knocking someone out pretty sure they look dumb eatin concrete.”
He probably looked pretty dumb deleting that comment in a panic after the cops tracked him down (he's currently being questioned by the police).
I can only hope that the braindead brute quoted above -- and his pals -- are brought to justice, swiftly. The fact that a man who has devoted his life to protecting others should be so senselessly, needlessly hurt is an absolute disgrace.
As this video clip proves (if you can stomach watching it).
How do you think the men who attacked Neal Aurrichio should be brought to justice?
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