Leading up to a divisional playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants nose tackle Dexter Lawrence said his mother would not be in attendance.
Lawrence worried that his mother would snap back at aggressive Philly fans, potentially putting them in danger.
“I know she’ll go at it with them,” Lawrence said at the time.
The wife of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner quickly understood why Big Dex didn’t want his family members in attendance. She was aggressively approached during the NFC Championship Game last Sunday, noting that several Eagles fans even wished for her death.
“I guess you could just call me a wimp, but I couldn’t handle the fans,” Sydney Warner said, via the New York Post. “Their whole thing is like intimidation, so I try my best just to not let it get to me. Just like stay stone-faced and just walk and let them throw stuff at you and say all the things and just like get to where you’re going. Just like block it out.”
She added that several fans got in her face and one openly hoped that her plane would crash.
This, of course, is common behavior for fans in Philadelphia. And it’s not a new phenomenon. It’s been happening for decades, as recalled by retired Giants kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh, who played for the team from 1983-1985.
Been that way forever, my spouse had beer thrown on her in 1983 at one of my games, never went back. https://t.co/7Ix5og3r5k
— Ali Haji-Sheikh (@gobloo6) February 2, 2023
Haji-Sheikh ultimately got the last laugh, however. The Giants shut out the Eagles, 23-0, in that game with the kicker accounting for 11 points (three field goals, two PATs).
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