Friday, January 22, 2010

Soccer and Guns in Colombia

The New York Times reports on an incredible sports story in Colombia.

A soccer player who acknowledged killing a heckling fan last year played Tuesday for the Colombian club Atletico Junior. Javier Flórez said heckling fans challenged him to a fight after Atletico Junior lost a Colombian league match July 5. Flórez said he was drunk and pulled a gun. He said a fan tried to take the gun away and it went off several times. He said he did not intend to kill anyone. Flórez was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to three years’ probation.

Remind me of this the next time I complain about lax gun laws in the States. Isn't the line, "it went off several times," a riot? But when it comes to judging these things, soccer is king.

Please leave a comment.


  1. We should ban soccer. It is too violent. Soccer players knowingly agitate the fans to the point of violence. Soccer loons are out of control. We must stop the soccer cretins.

  2. Mikeb30200:

    They have "shoot outs" at lots of international soccer matches these days. Most of them only result in one team or the other scoring the point needed to win.