Panthers Fan Suing Cowboys After Getting Choked Out During Game Last Year


One of the most hyped games all of last year was the undefeated Carolina panthers facing off against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

We all know how that one ended, with Tony Romo racking up more turnovers than your stomach did that night, with the Panthers smacking America’s team on America’s holiday 33-14.

The Cowboys weren’t the only one’s getting beat up on that day though. John Small, a Panthers fan in from North Carolina for the game, was cheering on his team until he was interrupted by a Cowboys fan who allegedly lied to stadium security about him being annoying and belligerent to the other fans.

Promptly, security put the Panthers fan in an relatively brutal, and frankly unnecessary looking chokehold that wasn’t released until other fans jumped in and stopped him.

Small has now filed suit against the Dallas Cowboys and the company who runs AT&T Stadium security, seeking $25,000 in damages.

Via –

“John Small and Elva Small, of Carrboro, on Wednesday filed suit against the Cowboys and the Andy Frain Services, Inc., a corporation headquartered it the Chicago suburbs that provides event security.

The Smalls had travelled to the Cowboys’ home base, AT&T Stadium in Texas, to watch a game in honor of husband and father John Steven “Steve” Small, who had died a year earlier, according to the lawsuit filed in Buncombe County Superior Court.”

“Mr. Small was already in the aisle walking toward the exit when a member of the security team hit him in the back,” the lawsuit claims. “This blow caused Mr. Small to stumble slightly, and then the security team member came up behind Mr. Small, and wrapped his arm around Mr. Small’s neck from the back, bending his elbow and tightening his arm to create a chokehold.”