After the Arizona-Oregon game in Tucson Saturday night, Oregon cheerleader Katelynn Johnson was, while still on the field, struck in the head by a full water bottle apparently thrown from the stands.
The PORTLAND OREGONIAN sets the “terrifying scene” Saturday night:
Oregon senior associate athletic director Joe Giansante, who announced the Ducks’ television replay broadcast in the corner of the field where Johnson was hit, said several items were being thrown toward Oregon players after the game.
“As the team was coming in, they were getting bombarded with water bottles, batteries, and various other items coming out of the stands,” Giansante said. “We were yelling at everybody to keep their heads up, but one got through and hit Katelynn in the head. All the kids (on the cheerleading team) are scared, but hopefully she’ll be OK.”
Brutal, inexcusable behavior by the Arizona fans.
Johnson sustained a concussion but has since been released from a Tucson hospital and returned home to Eugene.
The ARIZONA DAILY STAR reports that University of Arizona police have every intention of finding the person who injured the Oregon cheerleader and charging them with a crime.
Sgt. Juan Alvarez of the UA Police Department said the investigation into who threw the bottle that struck Johnson is ongoing, and that charges could range from disorderly conduct to assault or aggravated assault.
“We are not going to condone this kind of behavior,” he said.
I watched the game Saturday night, and it appeared that security personnel had every intention of allowing Arizona fans on the field if the Wildcats won the game. But Oregon staged a late comeback to claim the contest, and that’s when the Arizona fans turned unruly and started launching objects onto the field.
If security hadn’t made clear that fans would been allowed to rush the field, I’m not so sure there would’ve been the ugly scene that ensued.
Univ. of Arizona officials are no doubt extremely relieved that Johnson appears to be okay.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that Johnson is also an accomplished model. Here’s some of her past work.