CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A man has been arrested after police said he was seen in a video, which has since gone viral, repeatedly punching another man in the face during Thursday night’s Carolina Panthers game.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they arrested Kyle Adam Maraghy, 26, and charged him with simple assault in connection with the incident.
The video was posted online by Instagram user “odubco” early Friday morning and has garnered thousands of comments online. The Instagram user says the man – identified by police as Maraghy – and woman, wearing Panthers gear were standing for the entire game and the situation escalated through the game.
Warren Carrigan, who shot the video, claimed the two parties argued and that a woman and her son, seated between them, left in the third quarter. Carrigan said in his post the man who eventually was punched wasn’t happy that Maraghy and his girlfriend stood in front of him throughout the game.
Carrigan says the man, who was later punched, told the couple they were being rude for not sitting down. That’s when he says the man in the Panthers jersey called him some derogatory names and “then sucker punches him right in the face.”
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report lists the victim as a 62-year-old man and says he was treated for his injuries by Medic.
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In the video, Maraghy is seen punching the older man four times in the face, leaving the man bloodied under his eye. The video circulated through social media Friday morning, as people called on charges to be filed.
The Carolina Panthers sent a statement about the incident to the media Friday afternoon.
“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,” team officials said.
“The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience,” they continued. “The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.”
CMPD officials say they tried to Maraghy inside the stadium, but were not able to find him.
“Nobody deserves this kind of treatment. Disgusting behavior,” one Instagram user wrote.