Mark Swanson

Purple sombrero-wearing Vikings fan could get six years in prison

The Packers had just defeated the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field last December and emotions were high, especially across the street from the stadium where Green Bay Packers and Vikings fans were in a heated debate that escalated when a purple sombrero-wearing Vikings fan went on the attack.

Today, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported that the case against Mark Swanson of Lakeland, Minn., has hit a snag because of a delay in the acquisition of the medical records for Paul Hrubesky, 50, the Packers fan who was allegedly knocked unconscious by Swanson after Hrubesky attempted to calm both sides before the fight erupted.

The records being requested by Swanson’s attorney are for Hrubesky’s physical condition before the fight. Hrubesky is saying his spinal cord was injured in the fight, but Swanson’s attorneys are requesting the records to try to dispel that argument.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Kerrigan-Mares changed the charge against Swanson from substantial battery to aggravated battery, which, if convicted, means that Swanson faces up to six years in prison.

While the fight was disturbing enough, one wonders about some fans. This is an incident one would expect to occur in Oakland, not in Green Bay – even if it was against Vikings fans. It also could show that the rivalry between Packers and Vikings fans is getting more intense – even more intense than the rivalry between the Packers and Bears.

Whoever was involved in the incident must be feeling a bit foolish at this point.

Was it worth it? I doubt it.

Would they do the same thing if presented with the same situation?

I hope not.

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