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m4949
1/16/2004 10:51am,
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/11604-pantherfans.html

Charlotte, N.C. Jan. 16, 2004 The reputation of Philadelphia football fans as being rowdy is striking fear into the hearts of some Carolina Panthers fans.

To ease that fear, instructors at a Charlotte- area karate school are offering their services as protective escorts while the fans are in Philadelphia. One of the instructors says they will use force if necessary.

Trey Wyatt/PROTECTIVE ESCORT: "That's what we do..(fighting) is not what football fans should do for a living."

The advertisement for their services is running in today's edition of the local paper in Charlotte.

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Personally, I think any intelligent fighter would never ever think of going to Philadelphia and root for a visiting team.

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http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/7723250.htm

Kick out your fear of Philly fanatics
For $3,000 plus expenses, you can feel safe at Sunday's game
SCOTT DODD`
Staff Writer

You don't have to be afraid of those scary Eagles fans anymore.

Trey Wyatt will make sure.

The Mint Hill martial arts expert (he has a fourth-degree black belt in karate, a third-degree black belt in kickboxing and a brown belt in jujitsu) is advertising his security services for Panthers fans at the NFC Championship Game this weekend.

The cost is steep: $3,000 plus expenses, which include travel and game tickets for a team of four protective escorts.

Wyatt has an ad running in today's Observer Classified section under the title "Black Belt Escorts" that entices readers: "Feel Safe. Be Safe in Philly."

So we just had to call and ask: Is this the real deal?

Absolutely, said Wyatt, who said he provided security for the "Dawson's Creek" TV show when it filmed in Wilmington and track star Marion Jones when she made a Nike commercial. His company provides bouncers and security for events and private parties.

He decided to advertise after reading and hearing about rowdy Philly fans and their reputation for harassing opponents' fans with taunts and beer bottles.

"I just can't stand a bully," said Wyatt, 41, who is 6 feet 2 and weighs 265 pounds. "Making our fans afraid to wear their colors up there is ridiculous."

Wyatt is also a personal trainer and martial arts instructor. His school, American Kickboxing and Fitness, opened in November. His security company is called Be Nice or Leave.

His employees are all trained in martial arts, he said. Many are friends from his competitive days. They won't carry weapons on the job in Philadelphia.

"It's just our skills," he said. "We're not looking for a fight. I don't hire a bunch of goons."

Three thousand dollars is his usual day rate for protective services, he said. He expects to be hired by small groups and said he needs a team of four to ensure everyone's safety -- including the escorts -- if anything bad happens.

"I'm not gouging," he said. "I just want people to feel safe."


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blankslate
1/16/2004 11:26am,
That should ease some fears...

Fatality Dragon
1/16/2004 11:47am,
Hmm... that guy sound somewhat realistic and good business manager, but on other hands his creditinal are questionable.

stoogejitsu
1/17/2004 8:41am,
Three Thousand dollars is his normal rate for protective services, this guys got the right idea, one of the mma instructors affiliated with our school runs a security firm,but it only handles concerts, etc.I must convince him to expand to nerdy groups attending sporting events in hostile areas, where the real money is at, if they are gullible enough.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$