The NYPD and FDNY football teams played a charity game over the weekend, the “Fun City Bowl.” However, thanks to the out-of-control tempers of the players it turned out to be the “Fun City Brawl” when the game devolved into a fistfight on the field.
Angel Zayas, a freelance photographer who captured some of the free-for-all on video, explained the mayhem she witnessed.
I think one of the FDNY guys exchanged words with the NYPD player and then from there, I couldn’t see what was happening, I just saw the crowds come around the player. I heard it happening before I saw it happening.
Tom Slane, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound tight end and a 33-year-old Bronx firefighter, can be seen in one of Zayas’ videos emerging from the melee with his jersey shredded and blood covering his face.
He was pulled out of the crowd, the FDNY guy,” Zayas said. “It was trickling out the side, you could see the blood on the side of his head.
The only comment Slane would give was to say, “I don’t want to talk about it.”
According to the New York Post:
They hit our quarterback out of bounds, and that’s how things started,” FDNY coach Steve Orr said. “There were a lot of hotheads there.”
The sides skirmished for several minutes, with players tussling and screaming curses at each other before separating.
But the yelling continued, and a second fight broke out in the middle of the field.
The firefighters returned to their side as the announcer reminded the players that they were taking part in a charity event, and officials let the clock run out without resuming the game.
A statement was issued by the NYPD on Monday: “Football is a competitive sport, whether it is the NFL Super Bowl or the annual NYPD-FDNY challenge. It is part of the spirit of the sport, but it all ends on the field.”
In case you were wondering, the NYPD won the game 29-13, which may explain their forgiving attitude. No winner has yet been declared in the impromptu MMA match that took place on the field.
You can watch a video from the free-for-all here:
Featured image via video screen capture