Cops and firefighters are usually revered by society. Many citizens hold the forces to a higher standard than most, because they are tasked with keeping everyone safe. They often work together, but, if the police and firemen of New York City are a barometer, they don’t play nice together. In 2014, at Nassau Coliseum, the NYPD and FDNY threw hands during a charity hockey game. Yesterday, the boys thugged it out again, this time after a charity football game.
The NYPD’s “Finest” and FDNY’s “Bravest” squared off on the gridiron for their “Fun City Bowl” at MCU Park on Coney Island. Money raised during the charity game benefit the NYPD Widows’ & Children’s Fund and the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation. The cops beat the firefighters 29-13, as NFL players–NY Giants running back Shane Vereen, NY Jets Bryce Petty and unsigned Ryan Fitzpatrick–looked on. However, tempers flared as the teams met at the 50 yard line to shake hands after the game. After pushing and shoving, an all-out brawl ensued Coney Island rollercoaster, Thunderbolt, roars by in the background. The coaches of each squad call their players to the sideline as the rumble broke up. Some were bloodied during the melee.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton was on hand for the fireworks, but seemed to completely forget about it in a Twitter post: “Congrats to @FinestFootball for their 29-13 win over @FDNY. A great game played by all for a great cause.”
Seems like the field of play is yet another thing that brings out the inner-goon of the authorities.