Police: Jets Fan Hospitalized After Beating Outside MetLife Stadium

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A weekend that should have ended with New York’s 37-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs instead took a disturbing turn for Jets fan James Mohr.

Police said Mohr was hospitalized Sunday after a beating outside MetLife Stadium left him with a broken jaw, eye socket and cheekbone.

Mohr’s family said the 23-year-old physical education teacher was walking alone through Parking Lot J when up to seven fans, at least one in a Chiefs jersey, yelled anti-NY insults. “You all deserved what happened on 9/11!” barked one assailant, according to a report in the New York Post.

Mohr’s sister explained why he apparently took offense.

“Our other brother is a fireman, and my father is retired FDNY, so you can understand why a 9/11 comment would especially irk him,” Mohr’s sister, Anna, told the paper.

However, New Jersey State Police refuted the notion that it was more than a one-on-one altercation.

“This attack was committed by a single individual and not by a group,” Trooper Colin Frinzi told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Merle Lee, 35, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

State Police Sgt. Brian Polite said Mohr got into a skirmish in the parking that broke up on its own when Lee “came out of the blue and punched Mohr in the face.”

Lee was originally charged with simple assault, but Polite said the charges were upgraded after Mohr’s condition worsened. Mohr was taken to Hackensack Medical Center where he underwent four hours of reconstructive facial surgery. He was last listed in fair condition.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

In a statement, a representative from MetLife Stadium said the incident was “an unacceptable attack on one of our guests and we have been working with the NJ State Police to make sure the man arrested is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We have reached out to James to wish him a speedy and full recovery,” a team spokesman said in a statement. “Our organization works hard to provide fans with a safe and secure environment and there is no place for this type of behavior. We are working with the stadium and New Jersey State Police to be certain that any and all perpetrators are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Lee is free on bond.

Should MetLife Stadium ramp up their parking lot security? Sound off below…

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Robert

    The attack on the WTC was an attack on America and not just NY. If the assailant actually said this, he should be deported to Afghanistan or Pakistan where there are similar minded thugs.

  • chris

    I attended the game as a Chiefs fan and parked in Lot J. I was treated extremely well by the fans, even with my Chiefs jersey on. Don’t judge all the fans by this one idiots actions. Idiots can be found anywhere. Prosecute him to the full extent of the law.

  • Mr Turkey

    I imagine other Jets fans hassled those same Chief fans prior to the incident. Many of them (Jets fans) are overall a more younger, rowdy “tough guy” guido crowd than of the Giants fan base. Add alcohol to the mix and things can get even uglier. Still of course doesn’t justify what transpired.

    In fact during the rare occurrence that I attend sporting events, I do not wear any team gear just to avoid a situation like this. Much rather watch it on TV. Have a private restroom, don’t have to travel, can smoke as I please, don’t have to put up with the imbeciles (as this story is about), and best of all don’t have to pay the overinflated prices for tickets or concessions. Who can argue with all that?

    Gobble gobble.

    • jbrutal

      some people like the controversy they cause when they wear the visiting team’s jerseys to a game, but they have to accept that they’re gonna get grief for it. it just comes with the territory. try going to a Ranger game in a Flyers jersey – you WILL be soaked with beer by the time you leave.

      Mr Turkey does indeed sound like a Giants fan – prefers the quiet and safety of his home to the relative exposure, excitement and hazard of a live game. His characterization of Jet fans may be accurate, but that’s only one side of the coin; Jet fans are also right when they call Giants fans “gay and gray”.

      • RoadWarrior

        Saying a fan cannot wear an opposing jersey is like saying he is not allowed to clap or cheer for his team; this after paying hundreds of dollars for the right to do so. As long as that fan simply cheers for his team and doesn’t yell obscenities or unduly derides the home team or it’s fans, then that fan should be left to enjoy the game just like any other fan.

        To jbrutal – takes one to know one, bro. You are certainly perpetuating the stereotype of the whiny, bitter, “we will always be second fiddle to the Giants” Jets fan. Now if you excuse me, I must resume viewing my DVD, “Three Super Bowls I Have Seen My Team Win”.

      • Christopher Ilg

        Unfortunately, jbrutal is particapating in the same verbal antics that some of those same fans said that day. Over 80,000 fans go watch football games at Met Life Stadium every weekend in the fall. This is absolutely an isolated incident where a few people give a bad reputation to the majority who behave themselves on gameday at the stadium.

  • Scott

    The cops who arrested this idiot should give him a beating and give him the same injuries that this poor fan got.

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