Intoxicated football fan from Florida suffers burns trying to put on burning jersey

Vero Beach man loses bet after Packers beat Cowboys

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor
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A general view of play between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Oct. 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.

VERO BEACH, Fla. - An intoxicated Florida man was taken to a hospital with second- and third-degree burns to his body because of a football bet gone awry.

Timothy Silyers, 27, and Brianna Hook, 22, both of Vero Beach,  made a bet Sunday involving their favorite NFL teams -- Silyers' Dallas Cowboys and Hook's Green Bay Packers.

The bet was simple -- the fan of the winning team would burn the losing team's fan's jersey, according to an Indian River County Sheriff's Office incident report.

After the Packers won 35-31, Hook and Silyers went outside and lit Silyers' Cowboys jersey on fire.

Silyers "then grabbed the jersey with his right arm and attempted to put it on while it was on fire," he told the investigating deputy, according to the incident report.

He admitted to doing it because he was "under the influence of an alcoholic beverage," the report said.

Hook said she and other family members got the jersey off Silyers and drove him to Indian River Medical Center.

Silyers had third-degree burns to his right arm and hand and second-degree burns to his back.

Hook and Silyers told the deputy that no crime occurred and that they were both intoxicated at the time.

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