Skip to comments.Chicago bar visit leaves Steelers fan blind
Posted on 12/10/2009 11:17:04 AM PST by kingattax
CHICAGO Almost three months have passed, and the Chicago Police Department appears no closer to solving one of the most bizarre acts of fan-on-fan violence in recent memory. One that left Pittsburgh Steelers fan Zack Heddinger blind, and local authorities searching for a group of Chicago Bears fans that allegedly poisoned him.
The frustrating search for clues began a few days after Heddinger passed out at South Loop bar Kitty OSheas, and was taken to Rush University Medical Center following Chicagos Sept. 20 win over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field.
After drinking alcohol that was allegedly offered by a Bears fan, Heddinger blacked out and later went into cardiac arrest while being rushed by ambulance to an emergency room. Heddinger eventually went blind, and doctors began to suspect he had been poisoned with some form of toxic grain alcohol.
Almost three months later, Chicago Police are still attempting to sort out exactly what happened on the day Heddingers nightmare began.
Its a horrifying, horrifying ordeal, said Pittsburgh attorney Victor Hunter Pribanic, who has been retained by Heddinger. Reached by Yahoo! Sports, a member of Heddingers family said they had been overwhelmed by the incident, and preferred to speak through Pribanic.
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You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy,..than Chicago.
Huh? Grain alcohol is ethanol. That's normal drinking alcohol. If he went blind then it wasn't from grain alcohol.
Fan obsession to the point of violence, is ridiculous. Good natured ribbing back and forth can be fun, but it’s only a game folks. You’ve got to have a pretty empty soul, for team support to become so important that you would injure someone permanently for supporting another team.
I hope the person or persons who did this are caught and spend the rest of their days in prison.
I remember reading that Russian mechanics in the far north used to go blind drinking the antifreeze from their flightline - and the planes also froze up when serviced with water or watered down fluid!
Methanol is toxic, and is known to cause blindness when ingested, but it is wood alcohol, not a “toxic form of grain alcohol”.
None that I’ve heard of anyway. Wood alcohol would be the alcohol here, unless something else provided the same outcome.
You are correct about grain alcohol.
I’d have been blinded as a youth, if beer did the trick. LOL
Chicago huh? Wonder why they don’t suspect the bar owner trying to save some money
What a despicable thing to do ... hope they
catch the animal and put bars in front of
his face for a long time.
iT WAS PROBABLY METHYL ALCOHOL.............
Methyls no lady either!
So that’s how he got elected, all our drinks were spiked!
Fan = Fanatic
Fans are dangerous.
Denatured alcohol is ethanol to which poisonous and foul-tasting chamicals
have been added to make it unfit for drinking. There is more than one
recipe for denaturing alcohol; some add methanol or isopropanol, some
gasoline, and so on.
Do a lot of us carry around methyl alcohol or even rubbing alcohol around with them when they go to football games and then the bars afterwards?
I can’t remember ever having done so.
Off duty Chicago cops?
Yep Philly fans have the worst rap because they boo’d a drunk santa in ‘68? Didn’t TWO baseball coaches/umpires get assaulted on the field in Chicago as well?
Hmmmmmm, yes!!! Yes they did
But hey, blinding people and assaulting people is MUCH better than boo’ing a drunk santa, amirite?
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