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'Joke' lands Brewers fan in hospital after Cubs fans attack
By Jack Komperda and Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff

Brandon Feezor was injured by other fans after a Cubs-Brewers game at Miller park in Milwaukee

 

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Published: 7/30/2008 6:59 PM | Updated: 7/31/2008 9:13 AM

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It was just a joke when Milwaukee Brewers fan Brandon Feezor tossed a can of Red Bull at a bus carrying some Cubs fans, his brother says.

But three fans inside the bus leaving Miller Park after Tuesday night's Cubs-Brewers game took great umbrage. They are expected to be charged today with inflicting a beating on Feezor sufficient to land him in a suburban Milwaukee hospital.

Feezor sustained serious facial injuries and lost a tooth in the fight, police said.

His brother Brent said Brandon spent much of Wednesday morning in surgery, and he needed to have his jaw wired shut.

Brent said his brother went to the game with four friends and was heading alone to his vehicle when he threw a Red Bull can at the bus "just as a joke."

"They took it seriously," Brent Feezor said.

"We're actually just happy that the three guys are going to be charged," Brent Feezor said. "It's better than having my brother get beat up and not knowing who did it."

Arrested were a 34-year-old man from Joliet and a 25-year-old man and 26-year-old man, both from Downers Grove, said Anne E. Schwartz, Milwaukee Police public affairs director.

The names of the three offenders are being withheld until they officially are charged by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, Schwartz said.

Carol Crowley, an assistant district attorney, said the men likely won't be charged until today as investigators wait to review a tape that was made of the incident.

Schwartz said the three men were in a bus in the parking lot of Miller Park at 10:39 p.m. after the Cubs beat the Brewers when Brandon Feezor of West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb, threw a can at the bus.

The trio jumped off the bus, chased Feezor and after catching him, repeatedly punched him, Schwartz said.

Schwartz said the 34-year-old from Joliet was cited for disorderly conduct for his role in the fight, assault and battery after police say he punched his sister in the mouth as she tried to intervene in the fight, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brandon Freezor was charged with disorderly conduct for throwing a bag of trash at the bus, Schwartz said. Originally, police said they believed a can was thrown, but later discovered it was the bag of trash, even though Freezor's relatives said it was the can of Red Bull.

This the second instance in which Cubs fans have been charged with assault.

Earlier this month, three Cubs fans were arrested for beating up Robert Steele of Gurnee at a 2-year-old child's birthday party in Huntley.

Steele lost his right eye after getting kicked in the face with a steel-toed boot.

The three men, Boguslaw "Bob" Czapla and Maciej "Mike" Trojner of Elmwood Park and Jaroslaw "Jerry" Czapla of Huntley, allegedly started to tease Steele that White Sox fans had missing teeth.

The taunting got progressively worse and more personal as the men continued to drink alcohol at the party, police said.

Boguslaw Czapla was charged with mob action and aggravated battery for his role in the fight, while Jaroslaw Czapla and Trojnar were charged with mob action and battery.