CHARLOTTE, NC – In a brutal display of violence caught on video, an enraged man threw a Mike Tyson style punch into the face of an older fan while arguing in the stands at an NFL game, leading to his arrest in a case getting national attention.
In captured video, 26-year-old Kyle Maraghy is shown arguing with a 62-year-old man at the recent NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina. Allegedly, Maraghy stood for the entire game and refused to sit down when fans behind him asked him to, leading to a heated exchange of words with those who view he was obstructing. Tensions escalated, and Maraghy reared back and blasted an older man seated directly behind him, then quickly ran away with his girlfriend, leaving the man to bleed all over the ground and seats. He made it out of the stadium – but video of the attack quickly circulated on social media.
Local police worked with the NFL’s Panthers to identify, locate and apprehend Maraghy. He has been charged with simple assault. He has previously been charged with assault, according to news reports.
The Panthers released a statement on the incident:
We have reviewed video tape of the incident and have identified the perpetrator. We are working with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law.
The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience. The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.
Look at what Kyle Maraghy and Leigh Anne Nasri did to this poor old man trying to enjoy a game. F'in pathetic https://t.co/4ENG7Q39Na
— YNWA (@MoMoneyx9) October 13, 2017
— CMPD News (@CMPD) October 13, 2017
dude bro & his chicka were standing for the entire game. words gradually got more and more escalated. there previously was a single mom and her son between us, they left halfway through the 3rd. after that, the lid was off. the dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view. the victim telling the dude bro how they’re being jerks and how rude they are for not sitting. the dude bro turns around and calls the victim a “geriatric fuck”, “faggot”, and “hick”. then sucker punches him right in the face. i don’t know if he got away or left in handcuffs, but i hope it’s the latter. edit: to clarify further, both the puncher and punchee were wearing Panthers attire. The assailant was seated in section 541, row 24, seat 10.