In last season’s AFC championship game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to deal with not just the Kansas City Chiefs defense but also the rowdy crowd at Arrowhead Stadium.
While most of the Chiefs fans acted within reasonable means in terms of rooting for their team, one man took things too far when he flashed a laser pointer into Brady’s face right before he took a snap.
Our photographer, Turner Twyman, caught someone pointing what appears to be a laser pointer in Tom Brady’s face last night. Play between the “muff” that wasn’t and Sorensen int. @NFL, @Patriots and @Chiefs all told me they weren’t aware of the incident. pic.twitter.com/ejWBQ6i64C
— William Joy (@WilliamKMBC) January 21, 2019
That fan was identified as Dwyan Morgan, 64, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, who was cited for disturbing the peace in April. He pleaded guilty Wednesday and was hit with a $500 fine, The Kansas City Star reported.
Morgan seems to be getting off relatively easy compared with the penalty he could have received. The charge carried a maximum penalty of one year in jail plus a $1,000 fine.
TMZ Sports reported Morgan has paid the $500 fine and the case is now closed.
During an interview with “Inside Edition” in May, Morgan said he had seats in the end zone alongside his three sons. The Chiefs fan said that after a couple of drinks, he wanted to distract Brady with hopes of aiding his team.
Morgan said he wasn’t trying to injure Brady, only to “maybe distract him.” He said he regretted the embarrassment he brought to Chiefs fans but wouldn’t apologize to Brady.
In addition to being fined, Morgan has been disciplined by his beloved Chiefs. The team has banned him for life from Arrowhead Stadium as a way to deter other fans from committing similar acts.
“There’s a lot of pride in Kansas City, and we and our fans thought, ‘You don’t do that here,'” a Chiefs official told ESPN in February.
Per The Star, Morgan was not a season-ticket holder.
This was the second incident during the 2018 season where a fan was banned for an act that occurred during a Chiefs-Patriots game.
During the first, it was a Patriots fan who went after a Chiefs player. During an October game at Gillette Stadium, a New England fan threw a beer on Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill after he scored a touchdown.
— The 3 Point Conversion (@3ptCnvrsn) October 15, 2018
That fan was also identified and has been banned from all future events at Gillette Stadium.
The Patriots ended up getting the last laugh in both of the games in which these incidents happened, winning 43-40 in October and 37-31 in January.
The two teams will meet again in the upcoming season when the Chiefs visit Gillette Stadium in Week 14. Expect security to be on high alert for any unlawful acts by fans.
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