America’s Team: Welcome to the Black Hole.
The on-field action at Tuesday’s Oakland Raiders-Dallas Cowboys joint practice was anything but friendly, as several brawls broke out during what was supposed to be a non-tackling scrimmage.
Most of the 8,326 in attendance were Raiders fans, which makes sense considering the practice was held in Ventura County, Calif. — where Dallas is currently preparing for its next preseason game versus the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday.
During one of the physical altercations — following a a hard hit by Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne on Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera — the fight spilled over a little too close to the fans. One Raiders fan reportedly swung a souvenir helmet at Dallas cornerback B.W. Webb, who swung back.
“It’s definitely a dangerous situation,” Webb said, per the Associated Press. “I don’t know why fans would want to jump on this side of the fence. I don’t think they’d like it too much on this side.”
“There was a lot of enthusiasm out there,” Dallas owner Jerry Jones said of the incident, according to SFGate.com.
“I am just glad no one took their helmets off,” added Raiders owner Mark Davis.
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