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Seattle PD Hopes Officers In Opponents' Gear Cuts Incidents At Seahawks Games
Published September 13, 2013
A SMART MOVE: ESPN's Max Kellerman liked the idea and said, "Even if you don’t have undercovers in the stands, it's going to make people behave like human beings." Kellerman said the NFL "is selling this as a family game, and I don’t want to have to take my kids to a game and worry about knuckleheads." ESPN's Marcellus Wiley said, "It's smart and you don’t even have to actually implement resources to back it up. You can just say, 'Hey, you don’t know the guy next to you who you think is an opposing team fan could can actually be a policeman.' You're going to act right. ... Whether it's random or it's overt, it's a smart move" ("SportsNation," ESPN2, 9/12). ESPN's Jackie MacMullan said, "Everybody in the entire NFL should put this to use." ESPN's J.A. Adande: "People should feel free to wear whatever jersey they want to a game without feeling like they're going to be assaulted. So if this helps cut that down, good for the undercover cops ("PTI," ESPN, 9/12). ESPN's Keith Olbermann said, "It sounds silly, but it is the first tangible attempt to check violence based on fan loyalty" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 9/12).