The Arena Football League has been around since 1987 and one of its biggest selling points is for fans to be on top of the action. However, that is not always a good thing. Last Saturday, a fan was injured after Portland Thunder defensive back Quincy Butler threw his helmet in disgust. Butler was trying to hit the wall on the sidelines, but instead his helmet flew into the stands and struck a young fan. The Thunder lost the game to the Philadelphia Soul 52-35, but the team was so disturbed by the incident, they released the following statement:

The Portland Thunder of the Arena Football League has reassigned Defensive Back Quincy Butler, effective immediately, for conduct detrimental to the team and the Portland Thunder organization.

All AFL players are contracted employees of the Arena Football League and are assigned to the individual franchise. The Portland Thunder is prohibited from making any comments regarding any further sanctions that might be imposed by the AFL.

Butler, who graduated from TCU in 2005, played in the NFL and the Canadian Football League before joining the Portland Thunder this season. Interestingly enough, the veteran defensive back seems to have an anger issue. Last October, he was starting for the Calgary Stampede when he pled guilty to assaulting a cabdriver. His punishment was getting kicked out of Canada.


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