Sunday, November 10, 2013

Chargers fan fined nearly $300 for throwing a football during tailgate party


Fans attending Qualcomm Stadium for a future San Diego Chargers game might want to think twice about bringing a football.

Chargers fan Jesse Unger found this out the hard way while tailgating at the Colts-Chargers game in October. The 27-year-old said he received a ticket from a police officer for throwing a pigskin around in the parking lot. Apparently, that is not allowed.

According to U-T San Diego, Unger was slapped with a citation for "playing ball," and showed up to Clairemont Mesa Traffic Court this week to plead his case.

Although the officer initially told him the fine would be $60, Unger discovered online that it was actually $280, which is a steep price to pay for tossing a football.

More on the story from U-T San Diego:

The actual law, per San Diego Municipal Code 59.0502, says that one cannot “intentionally throw, discharge, launch or spill any solid object (including footballs, baseballs, frisbees and other such devices) or liquid substance or otherwise cause subject or substance to be thrown, discharged, launched, spilled, or to become airborne.

Nonetheless, he told Unger that if he pleaded guilty, he would suspend the $75 fine….

Then came something even more ridiculous – Unger’s plea.

“I plead guilty to throwing the football, Your Honor.”

The judge had mercy and dismissed Unger's dubious ticket.

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