ASHWAUBENON - A Minnesota man was charged Monday afternoon with battery and disorderly conduct in relation to a fight that happened shortly after the Packers-Vikings game Sunday.
A man who was apparently trying to break up the fight was sent to the hospital.
According to the criminal complaint, a group of Packers and Vikings fans were exchanging words outside of Sideline Sports Bar in Ashwaubenon when a man tried to calm the two groups down.
That's when police say 40-year-old Mark Swanson of Lakeland, Minn., hit the man in the Sideline parking lot outside, near Lambeau Field. Swanson is charged with felony substantial battery and disorderly conduct. He's due back in court Dec. 21.
And for the bar's owner, he's none too pleased about the light the fight casts on the area.
"These situations aren't good for anybody. It's bad for Green Bay, it's bad for Minnesota," said Kevin Burkel, Sideline Sports Bar owner.
Burkel has owned Sideline for about 13 years.
He says he tries to keep bar fights out of his business, especially during Packers home games.
"I don't allow it, I don't tolerate it. It's unacceptable," said Burkel.
Burkel says by the time he heard about the post-game scuffle among people in the parking lot and got outside, police were already there and a man, identified in court documents as Paul Hrubesky of Green Bay, was on the ground bleeding.
"Everybody gets along. But once in a while, you get 75,000 people at an event, something is going to happen," said Burkel.
"We don't know how many people were exactly involved in it, but two people were arrested, one person transported to the hospital for medical treatment," said Ashwaubenon Public Safety Chief Eric Dunning.
Dunning says witnesses told them the 50-year-old Hrubesky injured in the fight was blindsided while trying to break up a dispute between two other men, Swanson from Minnesota and another man from Green Bay.
"He is what we'd call an innocent bystander. He was trying to be a Good Samaritan," said Dunning.
Court documents say after Paul Hrubesky was hit, Swanson took off, wearing what complaint says was a purple sombrero. He was arrested behind K-Mart a short time later.
The other man involved in the dispute, Shawn Hrubesky, from Green Bay was arrested at the scene accused of disorderly conduct.
Dunning told FOX 11 Paul Hrubesky and Shawn Hrubesky are father-son.
He added that the problem is broader than this one incident.
"That is a concern and it is a public safety concern. There are rivalries out there and there is chest thumping and a lot of bantering back and forth," said Dunning. "But this is unusual."
Dunning says another man needed medical attention after he was struck along Armed Forces Drive at about 5 p.m. Sunday.
In total, he says his department had 12 disturbance calls after the game.
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