A number of the Eagles players were outspoken about their Christian faith in interviews they gave before and after their historic win at Super Bowl LII early Sunday evening. But some of their fans were displaying very different behavior later that night on the streets of Philadelphia.
Immediately after their 41-33 win over the New England Patriots, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson set the tone by telling the watching world that he was thanking his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the win. Then a video was released of the team kneeling together in prayer in the locker room after the game.
But as a crowd of 100,000 ecstatic people walked through the streets of Philadelphia to celebrate the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win, some fans decided to bleed off their enthusiasm by engaging in dangerous stunts, smashing windows, and damaging businesses.
One Twitter user posted a video (Warning: Contains swearing) of a crowd of people standing on top of the awning of what she said was the Ritz Carlton hotel. Within moments, the large awning collapsed, sending people crashing down on top of each other. A video (Warning: Contains swearing) by a Boston-based TV journalist showed numerous people inside a convenience store grabbing items off the shelves and throwing them at each other.
It’s unknown if Patriot fans were involved, too. Another video showed someone kicking in a storefront window.
Other photos and videos displayed overturned cars, fires burning in the streets, people climbing atop police vehicles, and daredevils leaping off street lamps and awnings into the crowd below. Injuries were reported, including injured officers.
According to BBC News, the damage to stores and vehicles was widespread. Some of the rioters tore down traffic lights and street signs, according to reports, while others brawled in the streets. Macy’s was one of the stores that were vandalized or looted.
On the police scanner, which 10,000 people were listening to as the riots unfolded, one officer exclaimed, "It's endless, chief, endless."
According to Newsweek, the Philadelphia Police Department said, “We have had several acts of vandalism where windows have been smashed, and some injuries have been reported around light poles that have been pulled down. We have one report of looting at a gas station. There have been no fatalities.”
One Twitter user summed up the destruction quite simply:
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