Atlantic City Man Who Broke up a Fight Said He Found the Right Path Thanks to Pretzels

When 15-year-old Jamar Mobley squared off with another teen, he surely didn’t imagine that he’d not only be approached by a stranger, but that the fight would be stopped and the encounter would go viral:

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However, when one man came across the two boys brawling, he stepped in. During the video he addresses the crowd of teens:

“Y’all are almost men … You aren’t kids no more. Y’all are men. 14, 15, 16, y’all are men. Start acting like it.”

After his accurate and inspiring words of wisdom, he tried to get the two boys to shake hands. When they refused, he repeated that he would not leave until a handshake happened.

Eventually, the two teens shook hands and the fight broke up. One of the students reflected on the moment and said:

“I don’t know what happened. I’m a straight-A student. I don’t know how I ended up fighting this man.”

The man was identified as 26-year-old Ibn Ali Miller and even received praise from one of basketball’s greats:

On Wednesday, the Atlantic City City Council honored the good samaritan. Councilman Marty Small told NBC Philadelphia:

“Normally videos that go viral are very negative. Very harmful to people. He stepped up and was a real man about the situation and he made Atlantic City look great.”

His friend Ramal Ford wasn’t surprised when he saw what Miller did and claimed it couldn’t have been a more timely message because in the last month, Atlantic City has seen “a lot of deaths.”

While the night was supposed to be about him, he turned the attention to someone else — his mom.

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As he acknowledged the over 28 million views the video has gotten, he choked back tears and passed the credit:

“People get 15 minutes of fame a lot, and I would like to use every second of the 15 minutes to send gratitude to my mother.”

The Atlantic-City native admitted he “grew up in the projects” and described the type of punishments his mother gave him:

“When I would get on punishment she would make me read books and after that I’d have to write a short story or a poem. I’m crying because this whole situation deeply saddens me. The fact that it’s unbelievable. This should be very believable. This should be a norm and it should be regular.”

His mother Sabrina Winters told 6 ABC that while raising her children she reminded them of the responsibility of making choices.

She said when they had a decision to make, she would tell them to “think about the best thing that can happen and worst thing that can happen, because either side has consequences.”

According to Neighborhood Scout, Atlantic City is safer than just 1% of all United States cities.

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Winters seemed to be aware of the challenges her children would face, so she used a visual to instill in her kids that doing the right thing wouldn’t be easy. Miller remembered an example she gave them:

“When we were young, she’d put pretzel sticks across the table. She said those pretzel sticks are the right path, and the rest of the table is the wrong path, and that it’s very, very difficult to stay on the right path.”

Miller, a father of five, also took the time to praise the parents of the two boys he caught fighting. He said:

“I want to thank the people who raised these young men as well. Because they raised them to be young men of reason which seems to be a very, very rare trait in today’s youth.”

He brought the teenagers who were involved in the fight to the podium and praised them for being able to do what the adults in the community can’t — decide to display unity and not fight.

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He credited his mom for teaching him about God, and while he’s received tons of recognition and praise, he gave it all to someone else:

“I would like to give God all of the praise and all of the recognition as none of us are in control of anything, not even ourselves.”

Ultimately, Miller hopes that the video will influence people to do more character building. As someone who grew up in a similar situation to the kids in the video, he claimed, “that’s what these young kids need, they need character building.”

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