Mark Swanson, purple sombrero-wearing Vikes fan, allegedly knocked out Green Bay man

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Swanson allegedly served a five-knuckle sandwich to a Green Bay man while wearing a purple sombrero.
Green Bay-area police on the lookout for a purple sombrero-wearing Vikings fan who allegedly knocked out a Green Bay man following Sunday's game ended up finding him behind a Kmart.

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Mark Swanson, a 40-year-old resident of Lakeland, Minnesota, was arrested and charged with a felony count of battery for his role in a 30-person melee fueled by the NFC North rivalry.

Swanson allegedly cold-cocked 50-year-old Paul Hrubesky of Green Bay during the fight, knocking him out and leaving him bleeding from the head. Eric Dunning, public safety chief in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, told WTAQ radio Hrubesky was "an innocent bystander" who was simply attempting to break up an escalating fight between Vikings and Packers fans outside the Sideline Sports Bar in suburban Ashwaubenon.

"He was trying to be a Good Samaritan," Dunning said.

Swanson fled the scene after allegedly knocking Hrubesky out (Hrubesky ended up being hospitalized). But police got Swanson's description from others at the scene, asked for help finding "a man wearing a purple sombrero," and Swanson was arrested behind Kmart a short time later (it's unclear whether he ditched his distinctive hat sometime in between decking Hrubesky and turning up behind the big box).

Dunning said that while NFL-related violence is rare, it is a public safety issue in his corner of the Land of Cheese.

"That is a concern and it is a public safety concern," Danning said. "There are rivalries out there and there is chest thumping and a lot of bantering back and forth. But this is unusual."

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marevitals
marevitals

Only the best and brightest of MN/WI gather in parking lots to drink themselves silly - punching out random bystanders is common when you have blindingly drunk "fans" congregating  and celebrating their tribalism. 

SarahSmiles03
SarahSmiles03

@KisonMusic Yea u better! I may bring wine over..I still need to see ur "purple rain" crib!

ShawnMcNulty
ShawnMcNulty

Is this a young Bert Blyleven in some bizarre Looper-esque scenario?

Shawn McNulty
Shawn McNulty

Is this a young Bert Blyleven in some bizarre Looper-esque scenario?

SarahSmiles03
SarahSmiles03

@KisonMusic Ahh snap..ur right. No sombrero wearing for him. Party pooper lol ..I'm seeing in 2 weeks so u better clear ur schedule boo

SarahSmiles03
SarahSmiles03

@KisonMusic Soon as I seen Swanson I died ..smh lmaooo

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

In Mr. Swanson's defense if you punch out a random Packer's fan there is a pretty good chance he is an insufferable asshole. 

ripzone829
ripzone829

Purple sombrero??? This is exactly why you should not dress like a jerk while attending a sporting event.

kitrick22
kitrick22

@citypages One of my servers for @BWWings #Station19 got his jaw broken at the game. Out min 6 weeks. #WiredShut

atrupar
atrupar

[insert joke] RT@NHalterJournals Kmart is a popular tailgating lot right across the street from Lambeau.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@marevitals So you think a guy getting arrested for fighting while wearing a purple sombrero might mean he isn't that smart?    WOW!!!!!!!   Why are you wasting your life commenting on the internet with amazing insight like this?     Go out into the world and share your thoughts.  You are obviously way smarter than all the rest of humanity with observations like this.

Lo_Kei
Lo_Kei

@SarahSmiles03 @KisonMusic No need for captions around purple rain because she most def has a purple rain ass crib lol

marevitals
marevitals

The difference MB, is you think I'm wasting my life, which tellingly speaks to your daily - wait minute by minute - obsession to combat the right wing trolls on CP, one should note these folk have been quite successful in feeding your insatiable need to screech and squeal......i.e. "You bigot", "Loser", "Idiot"......

What troubles you most about this glorious online commenting experience is that it's a double edged sword for you - you get to rant and rave about how good your team is and how bad the other guys team is and all that fun stuff....but deep down you know anyone making "observations" based on your behavior would conclude that you are unstable and probably unhappy with life.  Hey I get upset and frustrated with the nature of the world too, you see we probably have different philosophies when dealing with distress - You happen to take the approach by venting and acting out to Conservative Trolls, who quite literally get off on your responses (some call this a love-hate relationship) - I think you were quite right though - I shouldn't be wasting anymore of my time.......on you.

SarahSmiles03
SarahSmiles03

@Lo_Kei Ahh the infamous purple couch. I've heard the rumours..I'm excited to see it.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@marevitals I didn't read anything you wrote.  I just wanted to tell you you aren't interesting or funny enough to read in paragraph form. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@marevitals Thanks for devoting your life to trying to fix me.  I know why you are so fascinated with me.  Sad to say I don't date people from the internet.  Please continue to type your unfunny and boring responses to my comments.  By continuing to obsess and study me maybe someday you can be as funny and annoying as I am.  Please give m a 2 or 3 paragraph response on how not obsessed with me you are.

marevitals
marevitals

It's okay Mark, MB doesn't realize that her actions contradict the amazing "stab" of words she strew together, I have to admit she did draw a little blood, but being a humanist I can almost feel her dissatisfaction with life.....it's as though.....someone couldn't be more transparent about their most inner feelings. 

Lo_Kei
Lo_Kei

@SarahSmiles03 All purple rain everything.

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