Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Man ejected from sports event because he 'looks like Jesus'

By Al Stefanelli
On December 13, 2012 At 10:36 am
An unusual story coming out of the United Kingdom features a man named Nathan Grindal, who only wanted to watch a darts competition. Grindal was among some 4500 other fans and spectators who were watching a match between Phil Taylor and Kim Huybrechts at the Cash Converters Players’ Championship being held at Butlin's at Minehead, in Somerset.
Grindal, who sports long hair and a full beard, quickly became the center of the attention of an increasingly angry mob, who began chanting ‘Jesus.’ This alerted security staff to a potentially dangerous situation for Grindal.
Apparently, the crowd become concerned that Grindal's likeness of what many artistic impressions show to be a representation of the central character in Christian Mythology would distract or otherwise upset the players.
SWNS reports that the Jesus chant morphed into a call for everyone to 'stand up if you love Jesus,’ at which time Mr,. Grindal was ejected from the match by security staff, and brought to an area where he would be able to watch the match on television.
In an even stranger twist, after the match, Grindal was sought after by some individuals who sought to have their picture taken with him, and to have the pictures autographed.
The story reports Grindal commenting on the situation, stating,
“I didn’t go to the darts dressed as Jesus – I went as me. It was all very weird and distressing. I didn’t break down crying but I did get emotionally distraught.
He also offered the commentary about how he was treated by security staff after his removal from the games, They were bullying me and picking on me, saying that I was someone else. “It would have been okay if the security hadn’t made a fuss getting me out of the arena. I was evicted for something I have no control over. I felt discriminated against.”
Grindal was in town specifically to attend the match, having booked himself and five friends for an extended stay at the venue.

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