SAN DIEGO -- A legal showdown is looming over whether fans have the right to curse at Chargers or Padres games.
In October 2010, the Chargers were in the midst of blowing out the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium. Eric Holguin, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was at the game wearing Cardinals colors, said he was being cursed out the entire game by many fans. He said he did not respond until two fans approached him.
"Two Chargers fans came down and challenged him to a fight. He said no thank you and said, '[expletive] you' back," said Holguin's attorney, Mary Frances Prevost.
Prevost said security eventually ejected all three men. But when Holguin headed back to the entrance to meet his wife, he was greeted by several police officers.
"They expect that he's trying to get back in and literally grab him and a struggle ensues," said Prevost.
A bruised Holguin was arrested, but a jury later acquitted him for assault and resisting arrest. He was, however, convicted for giving a false name to officers but has vowed to appear in court.
Prevost said it was a legal nightmare that began with an ejection that was unconstitutional.
"A fan has a right to say '[expletive] you]' in public. It's a public place," Prevost said.