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New Jersey politics guys Chris Christie and George Norcross were in attendance for yesterday’s 28-23 Eagles win over the Dallas Cowboys.
For those unfamiliar, Chris Christie is a (fat slob) Republican politician and George Norcross is an “American businessman and Democratic Party organizer” who also started Philly Voice after previously being a co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
During yesterday’s game, Norcross was “physically removed” from the Eagles game after he decided that rules don’t apply to him by hanging an American flag and an Israeli flag outside of his fancy club box.
Of course, the headlines that are being run on both a local and national level are simply stating that Norcross was removed after “displaying an Israeli flag” at the Eagles game.
While that might have been the case, it’s somewhat out of context to just leave it as that.
First, I would like to be very clear that I’m not taking anyones side here. I don’t give a shit about signs or banners, regardless of what they say. When I’m at an Eagles game, I’m watching the game and want to escape from every day life and just enjoy sports.
I will however, read exactly what’s on Lincoln Financial Field’s website in regards to the rules they have for banners and signs at Eagles games.
“Signs, banners or similar items that are obscene or indecent, not event-related, potentially offensive to other patrons, capable of blocking the views of other fans or otherwise deemed dangerous or inappropriate by the Eagles are prohibited. They may not contain commercial messages, logos or political endorsements and may not be hung on the stadium structure. Signs on poles or sticks larger than 1 foot in length, constructed of wood or metal material, are also not permitted. Lincoln Financial Field reserves the right to confiscate signs that are in violation of stadium policy.”
Listen. Rules are rules and for whatever reason, George Norcross thinks that these rules do not apply to him. He can spare me the long, political statement and stay in New Jersey for all I care.
The last thing anyone needs is a bunch of political messages making their way into Philadelphia Eagles games. It’s not the time or place to do that and hanging a half-American, half-Israeli flag at the game when rules clearly state that’s prohibited is just annoying.
“Yesterday, I was forcibly removed and assaulted by the non-police security staff of Lincoln Financial Field and the Eagles/NFL for refusing to remove a 3′ x5′ American and Israeli flag I’d hung off the box I was sitting in. As a longtime passionate fan and season ticket holder, I have watched the Eagles/NFL make clear and strong statements on numerous important civil justice issues and ethnic and world conflicts, including supporting the people of Ukraine, so as a strong supporter of Israel — a country which was viciously attacked by the terrorist group Hamas less than a month ago — I thought it was an important statement to make.
It remains unclear why the Eagles/NFL believe that the US-Israeli flag should be deemed “obscene or indecent” or otherwise inappropriate — which is what I was cited for — and should therefore be ripped down despite both issuing public statements strongly supporting Israel following the October 7th attacks. But as I consider whether to file suit against the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL and the security company which yanked me out of the box and paraded me in front of thousands of fans, I urge other supporters of Israel to make their feelings known to the team and the NFL just as they have to universities like Penn and Harvard.
There is no dispute: On October 7th, Hamas murdered innocent Israeli civilians, raped woman and butchered children, and continues to hold hostages. I believe Israel has the right to defend itself, just as the United States did following the September 11th attacks and I will remain a proud and vocal defender of its right to do so. Americans have the right to peacefully protest, but that does not include the right to threaten people with bodily harm or even death.”
Cool? I guess? I’m not even debating what Norcross wrote in his statement because that’s way beyond the point. No doubt that the reports regarding Hamas and the slaughter of innocent human life should be discussed.
I’m just wondering why the fuck George Norcross is bringing his self-righteous bullshit to NFL games when literally no one asked him to do so in the first place.
Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles are owned by Jeffrey Lurie, who happens to be Jewish and the team itself has already released a statement condemning the heinous acts from Hamas on October 7th. That doesn’t mean that Norcross can attend games and not follow the rules with this self-righteous bullshit.
George Norcross not above any other fan in the stadium. Period.
That’s the real issue here, isn’t it? Norcross thinks he’s above everyone else and that rules do not apply to him. After being told he needs to remove the flags, he decided to argue and cause a scene instead of just removing them. The entire story is a complete mess and I don’t see how anyone could side with Norcross on this one.
It’s pretty simple. Keep your politics away from sports and stop using your suite to make polarizing political statements during nationally televised NFL games. George Norcross was given the same treatment that any other Eagles fan in attendance would have received.