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    Steelers Fan Says He Was Poisoned, Left Blind At Chicago Bar
    Zack Heddinger: 'I've Basically Been Blind For Two Months'

    POSTED: 4:20 pm EST November 16, 2009
    UPDATED: 5:22 pm EST November 16, 2009

    PITTSBURGH -- A Steelers fan, left blind and living with brain damage, says the effects were the result of being poisoned at a Chicago bar following a game in September.

    "I haven't been able to see. I've basically been blind for two months," said Zack Heddinger.

    Heddinger told Channel 4 Action News anchor Michelle Wright that he and a few friends went to a bar following the Steelers' 17-14 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field on Sept. 20.

    Heddinger said he and his friends were trash talking with Bears fans inside Kitty O'Shea's, but can't remember what else happened.

    "Basically, I guess, my buddies had gotten into an altercation and they offered a drink as a peacemaker from what I understand," said Heddinger.

    Not long after taking the drink, Heddinger passed out and was rushed to a nearby hospital, his heart stopping four times.

    At first, doctors thought he had too much to drink, but realized there was more to it.

    "They thought it was antifreeze or something like that Öbecause it was so strong," said Heddinger.

    Heddinger's family rushed to Chicago to be with him after doctors told them he wasn't going to make.

    "I literally watched him say, within a matter of hours, 'I'm getting really scared. I can't see anything,'" said sister Lisa.

    Doctors suspect his drink may have been spiked with toxic grain alcohol.

    "I donít think they tried to kill me. I think they tried to hurt me, but the killing came pretty close," said Heddinger.

    Heddinger celebrated his 46th birthday on Monday and is undergoing oxygen treatments in hopes of regaining some of his vision. He hopes to be able to return to his job as a district manager for a jewelry company.

    Chicago police are investigating the case, but have made no arrests.

    "Steeler Nation isn't just in Pittsburgh, it's everywhere, and I just hate for Chicago to be a city that Steelers Nation doesn't like because they did this to one of us," said Lisa Heddinger.

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/...54/detail.html

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    That's pretty ****ed up. It goes beyond sports fan fanaticism.

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    That's pretty ****ed up. It goes beyond sports fan fanaticism.
    For sure.

    Over the years I have seen my fair share of fights and arguments after a game, but to actually poison another human being? If you have a problem with the guy, take it outside and face him man to man.

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    Fist fights are one thing. If this is true, it is totally ****ed up!

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    For sure.

    Over the years I have seen my fair share of fights and arguments after a game, but to actually poison another human being? If you have a problem with the guy, [HIGH-LIGHT]take it outside and face him man to man.[/HIGH-LIGHT]
    Exactly! What a ****ing coward.

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    that's really ****ed up to do that and to get that result whoever did it, knew what he was doing. Had to have and it wasn't Grain alcohol.

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    "Steeler Nation isn't just in Pittsburgh, it's everywhere, and I just hate for Chicago to be a city that Steelers Nation doesn't like because they did this to one of us," said Lisa Heddinger.

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/...54/detail.html
    People are crazy and NOT ONLY in Chicago,
    - WHY and HOW do these wackos find it within themselves to hurt or kill another human being
    Many times; for no reasonable need or purpose, good or otherwise .... SIC

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    I hope they make an arrest soon. This ******* deserves life in prison.
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    Fans get out of control too often anymore... As I was reading this story, there was one on the news about a "group of drunken Steeler fans" that accosted a family attending the game this past Sunday.... All teams have *******s and idiots, even our team...

    ... We all take this "seriously" to a certain extent, but the bottom line is that it is just a game, and should be treated accordingly... Obnoxious fans abusing families, folks lacing drinks with antifreeze, and idiots in general need to be contained... Hell, My daughter is 8 years old and I refuse to take her to a game for reasons just like this... I've seen too much of this in recent years, and could tell stories for pages-on-end about what I've experienced, as many others could...

    But this specific case needs to be taken to the full extent of prosecution if they can find the culprit (which I sorta doubt)... Pretty sad IMO.... But the environment at games is getting to that level, so it needs to be addressed.
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    That's terrible. I saw this earlier today.

    Chicken**** type stuff too. Lacing a drink....Got a problem, take it up with the guy *****.
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