Disturbed Arizona Cardinals fans used gasoline to burn pro-Cardinals slogans into the lawn at the suburban Phoenix home of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb prior to the NFC Championship Game. Michael Silver of Yahoo reports that one of the vandals left behind information that identified him.
What was going through the mind of the misguided juveniles who used gasoline to desecrate the front lawn of the house in Chandler, Ariz., where McNabb and his wife, Roxie, live with their children over the offseason. According to a friend of Mrs. McNabb's, "Go Cards" and other similar messages were burned into the front lawn one night last week.
This had to be especially scary to the couple's four-year-old daughter, Alexis, who was staying in the house with Roxie and the couple's six-week-old twins. Apparently one of the culprits was identified after leaving a box at the scene with a mailing label affixed bearing his name and address, so we're obviously not talking about criminal masterminds here. But it's tough to imagine that anyone over the age of eight doesn't understand that burning something on the lawn of a house occupied by African-Americans carries deeper social overtones that are highly disturbing. I'm told Donovan took a photo of the damaged lawn and used it as a motivating force for Sunday's game. I hope it's the last time he or any other professional athlete ever has that opportunity.
This is disturbing and shows how easy it is for fans to lose all sense of perspective and engage in acts against those they perceive as the "enemy." I hope whoever does this is caught and gets the book thrown at them.