Sports are a major part of our society and Utah is not exempt from that. Every Utah resident is well aware of the rivalries that exist within the sport arena here. While it is almost always the hope that feelings stay friendly and sportsman-like, it isn’t always the case. Many people underestimate the altercations that can occur when opposing opinions and passions clash at a sports event, but a Utah lawyer is rarely surprised. Injuries occur at sports event each fall, a fact that any attorney in Salt Lake City can bear witness to, and yes we mainly mean football and hockey. With the new changes to hockey fighting, which many hope acquires the moniker “hock fighting”, the sports arena is heading towards tougher penalties and safer games. However, in Utah you can still see the rivalry in football edging along the line of appropriate.
Fans at Saturday’s big game held at Brigham Young University kept the rivalry inappropriate by throwing trash at the referees on the field. Unfortunately, local police deemed this a criminal act and are inquiring into who the individuals were. While this obviously seems to be a disrespectful thing to do to any adult, even if he is wearing black and white stripes, police are noting the criminality of the incident is in what the objects could create, mainly accidents. Attorneys in Utah note that although this rivalry seems fun and sometimes adds to the flavor of a game, objects that are thrown are not exempt from causing personal injury to players or others and that is why it is taken so seriously.
School officials and authorities have noted how disappointed they are in the individuals who did this. Though, they may have somewhat of an idea, officials are still observing footage to determine who exactly should be punished for this crime. As with many crimes, passion is often involved, or sport related anger. Attorneys advise people to always remember that even in the most passionate areas of recreation, the law is still the law. If you have a criminal situation and your face is red with passion, shame and washable paint, contact our attorneys. Everyone makes mistakes, but if yours is criminal, your best option is to seek a Utah lawyer.