Man’s Lawsuit Claims Orioles’ Fans Attacked Him During Game, Then Danced To ‘YMCA’
Last May, baseball fan Matthew Fortese accused two men of attacking him during a Baltimore Orioles game. Now, Fortese is filing a $5 million lawsuit alleging that the two men danced to the song “YMCA” while he lay critically wounded on the concrete ground of the stadium at Camden Yards, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Fortese asserts the attack occurred after Gregory Fleishman, 23, and Michael David Bell, 22, began to harass him and his date about an hour-and-a-half into the Orioles’ game against the Washington Nationals. He explains that Fleishman and Bell taunted him for wearing a Yankees cap and doused his date in beer.
According to Fortese’s lawsuit, he finally decided to confront the two belligerent fans, and the two men subsequently “sucker punched” him in the side of the head. The punch fractured Fortese’s skull and sent him to intensive care at Maryland Shock Trauma center.
Fortese describes his injuries as “permanent and debilitating” in his lawsuit.
In addition to the $5 million suit, Fleishman and Bell face assault charges. Both men have pleaded not guilty. Fleishman and Bell postponed their original trial date, which was scheduled for April, because they were attending college.
They are set to appear in court June 19.