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Report: Steelers TE Coach Daniel Goes After Fan During Steelers-Patriots Game

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As if there wasn’t enough drama out of issues during the Steelers-Patriots season opener on Thursday night, now a story has popped up about Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel, who allegedly went after a fan before and after halftime of the contest in Foxborough.

Here’s the complete story from ESPN:

NFL security is investigating Pittsburgh Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel for allegedly assaulting and verbally accosting a New England Patriots fan on the way to the locker room before halftime Thursday, according to league sources.

A league official confirmed the NFL is aware of the incident and is looking into it. A Steelers spokesman said NFL security has informed them about the incident and the team is also investigating.

The incident in question occurred before and after halftime of the Steelers’ 28-21 loss on Thursday night. Daniel, who was on his way to the Steelers locker room, was seen allegedly kicking a Patriots fan in the back of his leg and yelling at the fan in front of witnesses.

By the time Daniel returned to the coaching booth after halftime, police and NFL security were waiting for him. Once the coach was identified by witnesses, and police approached him about controlling his behavior, Daniel began shouting at the police officer, according to witnesses.

NFL security, which did not witness the exchange with police, interviewed Daniel afterward about the entire incident, according to sources.

If it’s true about Daniel and he did go after a fan, there’s no doubt the team should release him ASAP as a coach on this team. End of story.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Andrew P Wickett

    September 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Perhaps give him the same punishment as Tom Brady? or the Patriots Coaches for Spygate??

    i’m sure the Patriot fans as as innocent as Tom

  2. DrGeorge

    September 11, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Let’s not rush to judgment, Mr. Loede. Let’s get all the facts first — like what the fan did to Coach Daniel. Some discipline may be in order short of termination. And I’d like to hear Daniel’s side of the story first.

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