MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The Baltimore Ravens fan who was assaulted by two Westchester County Raiders fans in Maryland on Sunday has shown signs of improvement after being hospitalized with a brain injury.
Joseph Bauer, 55, has given a thumbs-up to doctors after an argument led to a fight with Mount Vernon firefighter Scott Smith, 30 and his friend, Andrew Nappi, 31, from Eastchester.
According to multiple reports , Nappi told police that the three got into an argument after Bauer allowed a woman ahead of him in line at a stadium concession stand. The argument turned physical, with Bauer allegedly throwing a bottle that struck Smith in the head. Nappi then punched Bauer and Smith shoved their victim to the ground where the former Marine hit his head and was knocked unconscious.
Bauer is still in critical condition with a brain injury and he reportedly is breathing on a respirator.
Both Westchester men were arrested and charged with first and second-degree assault. Smith was released after posting bond: $50,000 for Smith and $25,000 for Nappi. A rookie firefighter, Smith has been suspended without pay from the Mount Vernon Fire Department as they conduct an internal investigation.
Bauer’s sister, Susan, told the Baltimore Sun that doctors are “cautiously optimistic” with his progress. In a statement, the Ravens offered their support for Bauer and his family.
“Our sympathies and prayers go out to Bauer, his wife Sharon and the rest of his family,” the team added. “We are deeply concerned about this assault and are learning as much as we can about it. Safety for our fans is a top priority. Confrontational and inflammatory behavior is never tolerated and is unacceptable at Ravens home games.”
On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh shared his team’s sympathies, offering his support for the season ticket holder.
“Whatever security has to be out there, whatever has to be done he will be done,” he said at his weekly press conference, calling the alleged assault “inexcusable.” “Here’s a man and a family that have been longtime season ticket holders, that know the people here that work in the building, that loves the Ravens and have been to countless number of games at M&T Bank Stadium without incident.
“Then all of a sudden you have an incident where a gentleman is assaulted by someone. That’s not what we’re about.”