Last Sunday diehard New England Patriots fan Jerry Edmond showed a great amount of restraint as a would-be female Las Vegas Raiders fan attempted to bait him into an altercation. The woman was taunting and yelling obscenities at Edmond, and she even bumped him in her antics. He never flinched and just acted as if she wasn’t there, keeping his cool when he could’ve easily reacted.
The video of Edmond and the woman went viral, and fans around the league commended him for being so cool, calm and collected.
Even Patriots owner Bob Kraft got wind of the situation, and he had this to say about Edmond via tweet ….
“I tell ya, what you did was so classy, and you represent what our whole franchise is about.
Kraft even invited Edmond to Saturday’s home game versus the Bengals. Kraft had him sit right next to him in the owner’s suite.
Edmond Explained How He Stayed Calm In The Moment:
Unfortunately at every NFL game you can find those type of belligerent and unhinged fans. It can be from indulging in too many libations, or for some who just come looking for drama at its first turn. Whatever the case was in Edmond’s situation, he showed some real patience and calm.
While being interviewed by NBC Boston, Edmond revealed how he remained so even-keeled amidst the unnecessary hostility.
“At first, I didn’t fully understand what she was saying, I kind of just brushed it off and let it go. My best bet is just to kind of sit here and ignore you”.
“I was more focused on how we lost that game.”
Edmond was referring to the final play that saw his team throw a lateral which was caught by the Raiders and returned for a game-winning touchdown. He looked to be in shock a the woman berated him continuously.
He also said the fan was upset because every time Raiders quarterback Derek Carr would make a mistake he’d say, “that’s the Derek Carr I know.”
Kraft Did What Was Right: Raiders Brass Reaching Out
In being one of the most recognizable owners in the league, Kraft has always been a guy who does things the right way. Inviting Edmond to a game just shows that he did the right thing. Edmond was also smart to not retaliate being a Black man, the story often tends to get misconstrued.
Raiders president Sandra Douglass Morgan also commended Edmond for his actions.
“On behalf of the Raiders, we appreciate the way you conducted yourself. No fan should have to endure that type of behavior. We will be in touch.”
Edmond’s display of self-control also caught the attention of TickPick who offered him to another game.
“Let us know if there’s another NFL game you want to attend in the future. We got you on tickets.”
Safe to say what was an ugly situation that not fan should ever have to endure has turned out good for Edmond, a lifelong New England Patriots fan.