Joseph Bauer, a 55-year-old Ravens fan from the Baltimore suburb of Jessup, is in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he sustained a head injury during a fight with a pair of Raiders fans at the Ravens Stadium this weekend. The Baltimore Sun first reported on this story, and according to their report, Scott Smith and Andrew Nappi were each charged with first- and second-degree assault for their role in the fight.
The Sun spoke to Bauer’s sister Susan, who said that the fight started after Bauer got into an argument with Nappi and Smith near a concession stand. Bauer fell and hit his head on concrete after getting punched. Doctors apparently pegged his chances of survival at 30 percent.
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.
Susan said she was upset that the police nor the Ravens had been communicative with her and her family in the aftermath of the assault. This afternoon, the team released a short statement
Our sympathies and prayers go out to Mr. Joseph Bauer, his wife Sharon and the rest of his family. We have reached out to the family and have received a report on Mr. Bauer’s condition.
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.