The fan who shined a laser on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game has already been banned from Arrowhead Stadium for life but will now face a disorderly conduct charge that is punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000.
After a Kansas City television station identified a fan shining a laser on Brady, Chiefs officials quickly worked to identify the fan by using videotape and eyewitnesses.
“There’s a lot of pride in Kansas City, and we and our fans thought, ‘You don’t do that here,’” one Chiefs official told ESPN.
The Kansas City police department initially wanted to cite the fan with disorderly conduct, but Chiefs officials didn’t feel those charges were strong enough and instead have been pushing for “the harshest penalty possible,” in the words of one source.
Good move by the Chiefs. There is no room for this kind of behavior in sports. Distracting anyone especially in today’s game could be catastrophic with the speed at which the game is played. Fans need to pay the price if they are going to act like idiots and it is great to see teams stepping up and protecting players from opposing teams. The fan has been permanently banned from Arrowhead Stadium. Now I’m not calling for the guillotine a public stoning or this man to be burned at the stake, but maybe 30 days behind bars will send a message that this will not be tolerated in society. This wasn’t the work of some mischievous teenager who thought it was a good idea to shine a laser in Tom Brady’s eye and didn’t think it through. This is the work of a 64-year-old man who clearly had it planned out well before the game If he needs to be the example made to end this in sports, so be it.
— William Joy (@WilliamKMBC) April 9, 2019
Here's what our photographer shot at Sunday's AFC Title game in KC. #Patriots QB Tom Brady targeted by a green laser in 4th against the #Chiefs.
Bill Belichick was asked about it.
"Yeah, right now we’re really focused on getting ready for the Rams,so that’s what I’m working on." pic.twitter.com/5yRC7Ta04z
— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) January 23, 2019