Vero Beach Man Sets Himself On Fire After Cowboys vs Packers Game

A man in Vero Beach burns himself after setting his losing jersey on fire.
A man in Vero Beach burns himself after setting his losing jersey on fire. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

VERO BEACH, Florida – A 27-year-old man was rushed to the Indian River Medical Center after suffering second and third-degree burns after watching the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers game in Vero Beach.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office received a call about the incident around 9:00 p.m. Sunday from a home in the 600 block of 9th Street in Vero Beach.

Residents at the home said the family was watching the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers game when someone put on a jersey that was set on fire. The man was taken to the hospital by another family member.

At the hospital, deputies spoke with a couple who admitted they were watching the NFL game and agreed to burn the losing team’s jersey. However, the man decided to wear the jersey as it was burning.

A witness told Sebastian Daily, “He was set on fire after losing a bet on the Cowboys game … Skin was hanging off his arm and back.”

The man suffered third-degree burns on his right arm and right hand and second-degree burns to his back.

When the woman’s team won, her husband went outside to light his jersey on fire. He told deputies that he was drunk and tried to put the jersey on while it was burning.

Family members pulled the jersey off the man at the Vero Beach residence and rushed him to the Indian River Medical Center.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.