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Giants training camp turns into chaos over Odell Beckham autographs

This article, Giants training camp turns into chaos over Odell Beckham autographs, originally appeared on CBSSports.com.

Giants fans eager for autographs from Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz turned Friday’s training camp into mayhem and complete chaos.

On Friday, Tom Rock of Newsday Sports was the first to report of the outbreak, which began when fans lined up to receive an autograph from their favorite wide receivers. And then, the situation spiraled into chaos.

Spent the last hour trailing Odell on the autograph line. Insane.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday)

July 31, 2015

Barricades and fences heaving with fans trying to get an autograph.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday)

July 31, 2015

At one point a woman had a seizure and lay on the ground. Fans were stepping over her to try to get an autograph.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

One young girl in a body brace was being pushed against the fence , her father screaming for people to stop pushing her and her broken back.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

I counted at least five young children pinned against the fence in tears.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday)

July 31, 2015

About 45 minutes in, the aluminum bleachers where fans were standing buckled.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

Giants staff whisked Odell and Cruz away like secret service agents.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

Cruz and Odell had to run the last 50 feet or so to get out of harm’s way.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

The bleachers that buckled were immediately cleared of fans.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

The railings on the bleachers were bent forward from the fans leaning on them to reach and thrust their stuff at Odell.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

The bleachers didn’t collapse, but the floor buckled with a loud pop. It seemed like everyone was removed safely.

— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) July 31, 2015

The Giants said that no one was injured.

The Giants say no one was injured in a post-practice scene when part of the bleachers buckled as fans rushed for Odell Beckham’s autograph.

— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) July 31, 2015

According to NJ.com, there were supposed to be two separate areas for autographs, with one area designated for kids only, but the adults took over both areas in an effort to snag an autograph.

NJ.com also spoke with fans who were on the scene and described what occurred on Friday. Juan Roldan, the president of “Sons of G-Men,” a Giants fan club, called it “pandemonium." 

"Pandemonium kind of broke out,” Roldan said. “Obviously when superstars are coming over here, Odell and Cruz, everybody is trying to get an autograph.”

Dan Curto, another Giants fan present on Friday, told a similar story.

“There were people trying to go under your legs, in between your legs, over your back,” Curto said via NJ.com. “Wherever they could get to get their arm, hat or jersey signed, they were trying to do it.”

While it pales in comparison to the incident described above, on Thursday, the Patriots released video footage of fans storming training camp when the gates first opened. With training camps opening up all over the country, hopefully what happened is simply an isolated incident. 

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