An altercation between Ravens and Raiders fans on Sunday at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium has left a man on life support at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Joseph Bauer, a 56-year-old Ravens season ticket holder and former U.S. Marine, is in very critical condition with a severe brain injury after a fight with Raiders fans at Sunday’s game.

Joseph’s sister Susan Bauer told the Baltimore Sun that Joseph was at the game with his wife and another couple, and Joseph got into an argument with a group of Raiders fans in a concession stand line. Things turned physical and Bauer hit his head on the concrete, which knocked him unconscious and caused the head injury. Susan said the doctors told her family that Joseph has a 30 percent chance of survival:

She said he was attending the game with his wife and another couple when he got into a verbal argument with a group of Raiders fans near a concession stand toward the end of the game.

Susan Bauer said her brother’s head hit the concrete after he was struck, knocking him unconscious and causing a serious head injury. She said he was in critical condition with a subdural hematoma, which causes blood to pool on the brain. Bauer said doctors had told the family he had a 30 percent chance of survival.

“My brother is in critical condition on life support over a football game,” said Susan Bauer, who also lives in Jessup. “We’re in shock over this.”

Baltimore Police Department Lieutenant Jarron Jackson had a similar explanation of what happened, according to CBS Baltimore affiliate WJZ:

“Two individuals had become involved in a verbal altercation with our victim. That verbal altercation became physical. And at some point, the victim was pushed on the ground where he struck his head,” said Lt. Jarron Jackson, with the Baltimore Police Department.

“Normally what we see is just a healthy rivalry,” said Jackon. “I don’t know what the cause of the argument was, whether it was the game or something else. But either way, totally unnecessary and uncalled for.

The two men have been identified by police 30-year-old Scott Smith and 31-year-old Andrew Nappi. Smith and Nappi — both New York residents — were arrested and charged with first and second-degree assault, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Susan told the Baltimore Sun that she was unhappy with the lack of information the police provided the family about the case, and she was disappointed the Ravens organization hadn’t reached out to the family:

She said the family was told two suspects were being detained, but police didn’t identify them. Bauer criticized police for not sharing more information about the case, and also was upset no one from the Ravens organization had reached out to the family.

“I’m really upset with the lack of response overall,” she said.

Later on Monday, the Ravens issued a statement regarding the incident:

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh also addressed the situation to open his Monday press conference, sending his thoughts and prayers out to Joseph and the Bauer family:

[Baltimore Sun; WJZ]

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