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Blindsided by drunk, Eagles fan tries misdirection play by suing the team

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By The Pennsylvania Record | Apr 30, 2018

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One thing you don't expect to see at professional football games is drunken fans.

Wait! That's one thing you do expect to see.

Maybe they had too many overpriced beers during the game or indulged beforehand at a tailgate party. Either way, they're as high as kites, or eagles.

In addition to football players, cheerleaders, concessionaires, and season ticket holders dressed in embarrassing costumes, drunken fans are pretty much a fixture at merchant-named domes and fields. Most are just having fun and are more or less harmless. Some get rowdy and you have to watch out for them, keep your distance and not make eye contact or audible criticisms.

If they get too rowdy and look like they might become a hazard to themselves or others, you need to have someone notify security. A stadium's a big place. Guards can't possibly know what's going on in every section at every level. Someone has to tip them off.

That, apparently, didn't happen on Nov. 28, 2016 at Lincoln Financial Field when the Philadelphia Eagles played the Green Bay Packers and Helen Nicolosi got sacked by a drunken fan who passed out, fell from a higher seat and landed on her. 

Well over a year later, on Feb. 28, 2018, but less than a month after the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Nicolosi and her husband filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against the Eagles, the Eagles Stadium Operator, Aramark Sports and Entertainment and  Apex Security Group, seeking joint and several compensatory and punitive damages from each named defendant in excess of $50,000.

Nicolosi argues that the Eagles and other named defendants were collectively negligent in failing to provide adequate security and supervision, and for not removing the drunken fan who fell on her.

Is she suing the unnamed sot who sacked her, the one responsible for her injuries? 

Did she alert security? Let's check the instant replay.

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