The New England Patriots fan who went viral for refusing to engage with a belligerent Las Vegas Raiders supporter last week was rewarded with an invitation to owner Robert Kraft’s luxury suite for Saturday’s game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals in Foxborough.
In a viral video, Jerry Edmond was seen silently enduring a tirade from the Raiders fan after the Patriots’ painful last-second loss in Las Vegas on Sunday. As he later revealed, that was Edmond’s first Patriots game, and he didn’t want to ruin the occasion by reacting to the woman’s volatile diatribe.
Kraft rewarded Edmond Saturday for his classy non-reaction in Las Vegas.
‘I tell you, what you did was so classy, and you represent what our franchise is about: building bridges,’ Kraft told Edmond in a video posted on the team’s Twitter account.
Jerry Edmond, the New England Patriots fan who went viral for refusing to engage with a belligerent Las Vegas Raiders supporter last week, was rewarded with an invitation to owner Robert Kraft’s luxury suite for Saturday’s game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals
Edmond received a personalized jersey from Kraft, who also invited him and his friends to sit in the owner’s box.
‘You know what? It’s kind of cold,’ Kraft said, remarking on the frigid temperatures in Foxborough on Saturday. ‘How about you come to our suite and watch the game there?’
Edmond quickly responded: ‘I’ll do that.’
Later, CBS’ cameras caught Edmond seated in Kraft’s box along with one of the owner’s grown sons, Jonathan, who is president of the family’s holding company. A diehard Patriots fan, Edmond had never attended a game at the team’s Gillette Stadium before Saturday.
Edmond previously revealed he kept his cool amid a torrent of abuse in Las Vegas because he didn’t want it to ruin his first NFL game, nor allow ‘the narrative’ to be changed.
He went viral in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, following the Pats’ excruciating and equally shocking 30-24 loss to the Raiders Sunday.
As if the loss wasn’t painful enough, viral video surfaced this week showing a woman verbally abusing Edmond as Raiders players and fans celebrated. The woman, wearing a Derek Carr jersey, repeatedly lunged within the personal space of Edmond who remained stoic amid a barrage of abuse.
Edmond has since explained her ‘husband’ was also involved in the incident.
Jerry Edmond (L and R) was abused during a Patriots-Raiders game in Las Vegas last Sunday
Speaking to League of Justice , the Patriots fan said he was approached by the man as Bill Belichick’s team went up 24-17 with 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
‘I didn’t say anything crazy to anybody,’ Edmond explained. ‘All I said was ‘That’s the Derek Carr, I know,’ and then the husband comes over.
‘When the Patriots scored, I yelled ‘yep Raiders fans, I think it’s time to go home.’ And he comes over and he’s like, ‘Oh, so you’re talking to me?”
Following Chandler Jones’s fumble recovery touchdown for a Raiders win after time expired, the abuse got worse – as seen on tape.
‘I just kind of like looked at it like, ‘You know what, I don’t want to get in trouble. I don’t want anything to happen here.’ In the video you hear me saying like ‘I don’t want any trouble.”
While being sworn at repeatedly, Edmond was trying to digest just how his Patriots had thrown the game away, while managing to ignore the woman’s rant.
‘I wasn’t going to try to make a fool out of myself and trying to make a big scene and everything like that. I didn’t want to ruin anybody else’s night,’ he said.
‘Neither did I want to ruin my night. So like at the end of the day I came here to have fun at a game I’m not gonna let her ruin my experience.’
CBS’ cameras caught Edmond seated in Kraft’s box along with one of the owner’s grown sons, Jonathan, who is president of the family’s holding company. A diehard Patriots fan, Edmond had never attended a game at the team’s Gillette Stadium before Saturday
Edmond, the fan in question, replied to a post of the abuse, confirming it was indeed him
While Edmond was trying to enjoy the occasion, he did have concerns if he were to respond the optics would be drastically different.
‘[I was worried about] the narrative being switched. If I did anything, all of a sudden being turned on to me, being like the bad guy in this situation. Obviously she’s a woman,’ he continued.
‘I’m never gonna put my hands on a woman. And I didn’t want anything to like, twist and turn to make it seem like I was the one aggravating anybody like that and doing anything to that to that extreme.’
Acting with immense grace and patience hasn’t gone without reward. Edmond received hundreds of compliments, offers of game tickets and other measures, including Kraft’s invitation.
The Raiders have extended an olive branch to Edmond, offering him an all-expenses return trip to Allegiant Stadium at a time of his choosing in the future.
Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Mark Davis’s team will fly him to Sin City and put him up in a hotel room for an event of his choosing – be it a concert, event or football game.
After the release of the video on social media, a digital search party was put out to identify Edmond. Within two hours of the post being up Tuesday, he commented and confirmed himself as the victim.
No matter the view, last Sunday’s stunning loss to Las Vegas was painful for all of New England