Odell Beckham Jr. is a popular player, but after the Giants first practice, several disabled fans and children were trampled by adults trying to rush to get the superstars signature. According to multiple reports, the Giants are now changing the rules.
According to Tom Rock of Newsday, the large crowd seeking Beckham’s signature led to chaos with several children “brought to tears” while being pinned to the barricades keeping them in line. A woman also had a seizure during the wait, only to have fans just step over and around her. She was treated and released on-site, per the Giants.
Another teenage girl in a body brace was also crying in pain while getting shoved in her broken back.
A crush of fans trying to get an autograph from Odell Beckham Jr. following Friday’s practice caused a dangerous situation Friday in which a section of bleachers “shifted” and some fans were trampled. As a result, autograph signing rules have been changed. Here is a statement from the Giants on the matter:
“A portion of a bleacher shifted during the autograph session following training camp practice today. According to Seating Solutions, the supplier of the bleachers, the shift was caused due to an unexpected surge in spectators. There were no injuries reported as a result of that incident, and the fans were immediately removed from the area. Representatives and engineers from Seating Solutions will examine all of the bleachers surrounding the practice fields this evening and make any necessary adjustments.
“Additionally, the post-practice autograph session will be relocated to the Kids’ Zone area at the north end of the practice fields and autographs will be limited to children 12 and under.”