Panthers fan sues Cowboys after assault during Thanksgiving Day game

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Carolina Panthers fan is suing the Dallas Cowboys organization and a security company after he says he was put in a choke hold by a guard during a game, WBTV reported.

John Small was in Dallas for the Panthers’ Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys.

“It had been exactly a year since my dad passed away, and we wanted to do something special between the family to keep that off of our mind for the holiday,” Small said. “It was something new, and even though it ended in a tragic way, we still had a great time and made the best of the trip.”

Small’s attorney, Adam M. Seifer says he was holding a “Keep Pounding,” 11-and-0 sign and the guard asked him to take it down. When Small declined, his attorney says he was put into a choke hold.

The incident was captured on video and posted online:

Towards the end of the game, Smalls said security guards told him a complaint had been filed and he was asked to leave.

According to Time Warner Cable News, he is just looking for an apology.

“It’s an absolutely terrifying thing to have to go through,” Smalls said. “I would really love an apology from the Dallas Cowboys organization, and I would say that’s the very least I would accept.”

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