The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship. Could somebody explain this?:
Violence erupted within 30 minutes of the game's end as rowdy fans poured out of area bars and, shortly after, the 19,000 ticket-holders inside Staples began to emerge. Phalanxes of LAPD officers successfully funneled the tightly packed revelers away from the venue, but bands of mostly young men grew aggressive and brazen as they moved into the surrounding blocks.
A typical scene played out on Figueroa Street, where revelers tore down a traffic sign, ripped open newspaper racks and lighted the papers on fire. As police in riot gear approached, the crowd hurled unopened cans of energy drinks at them. Several men stomped on an SUV parked on the street, breaking its windows.
Police chased the roving groups for about two hours, pushing them farther afield until they dispersed and relative calm returned.
Before it was over, police had fired tear gas and stinging pellets to disperse a scrum of several hundred people who surrounded a city bus filled with passengers and attempted to yank the driver out through a window. A cabbie fled when his taxi was set upon by another mob that kicked in the windshield and set it ablaze. A local YWCA, several restaurants and other storefronts had windows smashed. At least eight people, one of them beaten unconscious, were taken to area hospitals. Firefighters put out 19 rubbish and vehicle fires and police had made about 50 arrests.
This sort of thing happens in other cities too, including college games. But not all cities. It’s a worldwide problem, common also with soccer. (Let’s see what happens when some team wins the World Cup.)
Now I can see people getting angry when their team loses, but why get aggressive and destructive and mean against their own city when they win?
I’m just trying to understand the mindset.