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Fight Fan Battered & Racially Harassed at Orland Park MMA Event: Lawsuit

Organizers of a mixed martial arts event held at Giorgio's in Orland Park should have known the spectators were going to be "rowdy," "aggressive," and have "violent tendencies," according to a lawsuit.

Chuck Giles (on the right at a different event) was one of the headliners for the fights at Georgios. Credit: YouTube
Chuck Giles (on the right at a different event) was one of the headliners for the fights at Georgios. Credit: YouTube
A spectator at a mixed martial arts event held in Orland Park was "accosted, assaulted, battered and subjected to racial harassment" by his fellow fans, according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court.

Eddie Irving, "an African-American male," should have been protected by both the event's promoter, Supreme Promotions, and the host facility, Giorgios of Orland Park, from abuse doled out by the crowd, the lawsuit said.

Irving was a spectator at the March 14 event, said his attorney, Roy Olson of Tinley Park. Olson said he needed to speak with Irving before commenting about the case.

According to the lawsuit, Giorgios was responsible for shielding Irving from the "rowdy, aggressive persons that attend such mixed martial arts competitions," the lawsuit said.

Likewise, Supreme Promotions "should have known of the violent tendencies of certain of its attendees," the suit said.

Jim Jackson of Supreme Promotions said he was unaware of any lawsuit stemming from the March show. He also said he had ample security.

"I had Orland Hills police at that event," Jackson said. "I had my own security headed up by the state police. Nobody was battered or beaten at that event.

Georgios owner George Georgio said he was there for the beginning of the show and it appeared to be run in an orderly fashion.

"They had the fire department here, ambulances, they had body guards at every door," Georgio said. "I can't imagine anyone getting out of line."

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Thomas Maynard April 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM
"I had Orland Hills police at that event," Jackson said. "I had my own security headed up by the state police. Nobody was battered or beaten at that event. Going to be hard to prove this one in court, no police report.
bob connors April 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM
WHY IS THIS EVEN IN THE NEWS??? IF A WHITE PERSON COMPLAINS ABOUT RACIAL HARASSMENT, NOONE EVEN LISTENS. WE NEED A WHITE "JESSIE"
Dm April 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM
It's apparent that the same people at MMA event are here on the patch!
Resurrected April 20, 2014 at 12:35 AM
I'm glad Naperville turned down a MMA event here!
Ted Walters May 05, 2014 at 11:50 PM
I was at their event in Joliet and there was underage drinking, a mini riot in the crowd to where everyone was almost kicked out and the show was cancelled, and an entire table and one of the fighters almost got into a fight. I thought i was gonna catch a wild punch from someone in the crowd in Joliet. So yeah i believe this, i was there at a different event first hand. I heard theyre not even allowed back at the IBEW building there.

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