NFL Investigating Horrific Panthers Fan Assault

The attorney for Kyle Adam Maraghy-the man arrested for punching another fan during Thursday night's game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles-said Friday that the victim threatened his client before the altercation.

Maraghy is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

According to an Instagram user, odubco, Kyle and his girlfriend stood during the game and the victim, "took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view".

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced it arrested Maraghy and charged Maraghy with simple assault on Friday.

A man wearing a Carolina Panthers jersey is seen engaged in a verbal argument with a fan seated behind him at Bank of America Stadium.

The footage went viral online and Maraghy has since been arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The video shows Maraghy eventually turning around and punching the man sitting behind him in the face.

Earlier Thursday, Panthers Executive Director of Risk Management Lance Emory confirmed that the club had "identified the perpetrator" and was working with local police.

The seated fan, who Charlotte police said is 62 years old, was treated for his injuries at the stadium and released, according to si.com.

The incident took place during the team's loss against the Philadelphia Eagles at North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call Friday morning that the league was aware of the incident and in contact with Panthers security.

Maraghy then proceeds to punch the older man several times, causing blood to stream down the victim's face. The assailant was seated in section 541, row 24, seat 10.

  • Rosalie Stanley