From the NFL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com
Earlier in the season, a Patriots fan got banned from Gillette Stadium for throwing beer in Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill’s face. Now, the Chiefs have banned a fan who tried to distract Tom Brady at their own stadium.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Chiefs have identified, apprehended, and banned the fan who shined a laser pointer in Brady’s face during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Because of the real dangers of shining lasers in people’s eyes – which could cause permanent eye damage – the Kansas City district attorney is pursuing the “harshest penalty possible” in order to make an example of the fan and deter future fans from doing the same thing.
According to Schefter, members of the military have reached out to Brady to inform him about the health risks of having a laser shined right in his face. Of course, the fan’s actions didn’t stop Brady from leading the Patriots to another AFC Championship win, as he went 5-for-5 on third downs in the fourth quarter and overtime to propel them to a 37-31 win over the Chiefs to send them to Super Bowl LIII.
Laser pointers have been expressly prohibited at NFL stadiums for some time. The fan’s punishment could prevent similar behavior in the future, but ostensibly it’s also forced security to increase in order to find such devices on fans entering games.
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