KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) The person who flashed a laser pointer at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game has been identified and was taken into custody, NFL officials reportedly told ESPN.
The individual’s name was not released. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Kansas City Police Dept. originally planned on arresting them for disorderly conduct, but the Chiefs argued for a more severe count. One source told Schefter, the team want to make an example of the suspect and pushed for “the harshest penalty possible.”
The individual has also been banned from the stadium.
On the Tuesday following the January 20 showdown between the Patriots and Chiefs, local television stations posted footage of a green flashing on Brady late in the team’s 37-31 overtime victory. At least two instances occurred on their go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter, including a crucial 25-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Schefter says Chiefs officials found the individual with the help of eyewitnesses and videotape footage.
Laser pointers are banned at most sporting events because of the potential for distraction and safety reasons. The light can damage the retina in the eye after even a short period of time.
Chiefs’ fan who flashed a laser on Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game now has been banned from Arrowhead Stadium and will face charges, per league sources.https://t.co/FJoH6AX4AZ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2019