A 52-year-old New York Giants fan who fell over a MetLife Stadium railing before being caught by tight end Martellus Bennett was charged with disorderly conduct.
Thomas Wall, a plumbing and heating contractor from Monroe, New York, was arrested last night by New Jersey State Police troopers at the stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sergeant Adam Grossman, a public information officer with the force, said in a telephone interview. Alcohol wasn’t involved in the arrest, Grossman said.
Bennett, 25, was throwing his game-used gloves into the stands near the tunnel that leads to the locker room after last night’s victory over the Green Bay Packers when a man wearing a team jersey toppled over the barrier, Newsday reported. The distance of the fall wasn’t reported and Wall said he also didn’t know.
“I got pushed over the rail by people behind me,” Wall, who wasn’t injured in the fall, said in a telephone interview. “I didn’t see who caught me but I got put in cuffs very fast. That wasn’t appreciated. It was a total accident.”
Wall said he also didn’t know how costly a fine he is facing or when he’ll have a court date.
“I’ll plead not guilty because I don’t think I should be penalized for getting pushed over a rail,” he said.
Police identified Wall and his hometown. A search of public records turned up his phone number and he confirmed he was the fan involved.
An e-mail seeking comment from Pat Hanlon, a spokesman for the Giants, wasn’t immediately returned.
After his first instinct was to step back, Bennett said he “did the righteous thing, so I caught him and slowly tried to put him down but I tripped over somebody and we all fell.”
“I just did what any super hero would do, saved his life,” the 6-foot-6, 265-pound Bennett told reporters after the game.
The fall and arrest happened so quickly that, Wall said, he didn’t know who caught him.
“If he caught me, I love the guy,” Wall said. “I appreciate him saving me. I wasn’t trying to reach out for his gloves, I was waving to people.”
Wall was wearing a replica No. 22 jersey of Giants running back David Wilson, who had six carries for 13 yards in the 38-10 win. Bennett had three on-field catches for 44 yards.
“I would get a Martellus Bennett jersey next,” Wall said. “And if he gets me off from my ticket that would be even more helpful.”
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