Jaguars ban four fans who threw objects in Seahawks game

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - The Jacksonville Jaguars announced officials have banned four fans responsible for throwing objects during Sunday’s game at EverBank Field, some of those items just missing Seattle Seahawks players. 

The Jaguars said in a news release that the investigation — conducted in cooperation with NFL security and local law enforcement officials — concluded the four had thrown a total of five objects, including “plastic cups with ice and liquid, a bag of popcorn and a plastic bottle.”

While they will be barred from attending future events at the stadium and could have their season tickets revoked, no criminal charges or names of the individuals were announced.

The team also didn’t say whether any of the four were responsible for tossing two objects in the direction of Seahawks defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson late in Sunday’s game.

Jefferson, who had been ejected, was walking to the locker room when the first object flew over his head.

He attempted to climb into the seating area after what appeared to be a drink was tossed in his direction.

“We’re grateful for the immediate response by stadium security personnel to the situation,” the Jaguars said in the statement. “The Jacksonville Jaguars and our stadium partners are firmly committed to creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all who visit EverBank Field, including fans and members of the visiting team.  It is unfortunate that the actions of a few would tarnish the reputation of the Jaguars fan base and the positive, electric game day atmosphere at yesterday’s game.”

NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart told reporters on a conference call earlier Monday that the league was working with the Jaguars to help identify the fans.

The Jaguars said that along with reviewing video footage, fans were also interviewed.

“The home team does have responsibility for security and we work closely with all 32 clubs on those issues,” Lockhart said. “We are going to be be looking into it and talking to both clubs about a variety of things out of that game, practically at the end when we had a series of ejections, on-field issues and (Jefferson) leaving the field.”

 

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