Archive for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Halftime harassment at games draws ire of New Jersey lawmaker

November 21, 2007

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— Giants Stadium will bolster security in an effort to crack down on rowdy Jets fans who chant obscenely at women during halftime.

George Zoffinger, president of the agency that runs the stadium, said Tuesday he would increase the 370-member stadium security force for all remaining Jets and Giants home games.

"This boorish behavior should not be tolerated," Zoffinger told the Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Earlier, a top New Jersey lawmaker demanded a crackdown after The New York Times reported that Jets fans gather on a pedestrian ramp at halftime urging women to expose their breasts. When a woman obliges - as one did at Gate D on Sunday during the game against Pittsburgh - the crowd roars in approval.

New Jersey Senate President Dick Codey called for an investigation by the heads of the state police and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

Codey said in a statement that Gate D apparently stands for "drunk and disgusting." He added that intimidation and obscenities have no place at sports events.

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