Man in critical condition after altercation at NFL game

Joseph Bauer, 55, got into a verbal argument with a group of Raiders fans; his head hit the concrete after he was struck, knocking him unconscious and causing a serious head injury


The Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — A Jessup man was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a serious head injury Sunday night after an altercation at M&T Bank Stadium with two Oakland Raiders fans, who were arrested, Baltimore police said.

Police spokesman Donny Moses said he couldn't confirm how the altercation started, but said he was at the stadium Sunday afternoon when he heard police summoned about a fight on a ramp between the third and fourth levels, and calls made for an ambulance. Moses did not identify the men who were arrested, or what charges they face. He did say they were from New York.

Susan Bauer identified the injured man as her brother, Joseph Bauer, 55. She said he was attending the game with his wife and another couple when he got into a verbal argument with a group of Raiders fans near a concession stand toward the end of the game.

Susan Bauer said her brother's head hit the concrete after he was struck, knocking him unconscious and causing a serious head injury. She said he was in critical condition with a subdural hematoma, which causes blood to pool on the brain. Bauer said doctors had told the family he had a 30 percent chance of survival.

"My brother is in critical condition on life support over a football game," said Susan Bauer, who also lives in Jessup. "We're in shock over this."

Bauer said her brother is a former Marine who works for Schuster Concrete. She said the family was told two suspects were being detained, but police didn't identify them. Bauer criticized police for not sharing more information about the case, and also was upset no one from the Ravens organization had reached out to the family.

"I'm really upset with the lack of response overall," she said.

Moses said police had released as much information to the family as they were able to at the time.

"You just don't expect that you would go to a football game and someone would put you in intensive care," Bauer said. "I just can't even believe it's happening."

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