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Brother of 1991 NYC stampede victim says ‘karma’ is catching up to Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs


An Ill-Fated Game With Haunting Consequences: Brother of 1991 NYC Stampede Victim Says ‘Karma’ is Catching Up With Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Nearly three decades ago, a tragic incident at a celebrity basketball game in New York City left nine young lives lost due to a fatal crowd stampede. The victims included 20-year-old Dirk Swain, crushed at the event promoted by up-and-coming music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. Now, as news emerges of legal troubles surrounding Combs, one brother speaks of the lasting impacts and his belief that karma is responsible for Combs’ current situation.

On April 5, 1991, thousands gathered at City College in Harlem to watch a highly-promoted game featuring stars like Mike Tyson and LL Cool J. But with over twice the venue’s capacity in attendance, safety protocols broke down when the crowd rushed in. Among those crushed was Dirk Swain, a college student with his whole future ahead. His brother Jason, now 49, still feels the loss deeply.

While lawsuits found Combs responsible for inadequate security, no criminal charges were filed. For the victim’s families like the Swains, the pain remains unresolved. As Combs faced investigations decades later, Jason Swain sees it as long-awaited justice. Some hear echoes of past tragedy in today’s headlines, a reminder of lives cut short that day in 1991 and consequences not so easily forgotten with the passage of time. Though the future holds uncertainty, one brother’s story shows how a single ill-fated event can resonate through lives in unseen ways for generations to come.

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