BALTIMORE - A Baltimore Ravens fan was recovering in the hospital Tuesday after being knocked unconscious at Sunday's Ravens-Raiders game.
Police said they arrested two men who attacked 56-year-old Joseph Bauer, an honorably discharged Marine with two children. He remains in a coma with shock trauma.
Bauer's sister Susan said her brother and wife are season ticket holders and were standing in line at a concession stand when they let a woman go in front of them. This apparently angered two Raiders fans behind them, who began shouting at them, she said.
"My sister-in-law thought that everyone was joking about this, and they were just sort of teasing about being on opposing teams," Susan said. But it wasn't joke.
Towards the end of the game, as Bauer and his wife were leaving they were confronted by the same Raiders fans, police said.
"They started arguing with them, and someone hit my brother in the head from behind. He was immediately unconscious and hit the pavement on the front of his head and since that time he's been unresponsive," Susan said. "This level of fan fanaticism is alarming and shocking."
Police arrested Scott Smith, 28, and 31-year-old Andrew Nappi from New York.
Raven's president Dick Cass reached out to the family and the team released a statement:
"Our sympathies and prayers go out to Mr. Joseph Bauer, his wife Sharon and the rest of his family. We are deeply concerned about this assault and are learning as much as we can about it."
Both suspects posted $25,000 bail.
Police said they are continuing to investigate.