The NFL reportedly is investigating after a Kansas City television station noticed multiple incidents of a laser pointer being directed toward New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC championship on Sunday night.
Green laser pointed from stands?
On Monday night, William Joy of KMBC began tweeting clips shot by one of the station’s photographers, Turner Twyman, that show a green dot on the side of Brady’s silver helmet. The dot dances around the helmet and facemask, and onto Brady’s jersey.
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
The NFL has confirmed it is investigating the incident. Kansas City police are not currently investigating.
A fan also ran onto the field during the second half of the game on Sunday.
Lasers banned at games
Lasers can be harmful when pointed directly into eyes, but at minimum can be distracting; because of this, they are banned from sporting events. But such pointers are usually small enough to be easily hidden from security in a pants or jacket pocket.
A Detroit Lions fan was found to have pointed a laser at Buffalo Bills players during a 2014 game. That fan pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, paid a fine and was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. The fan was at the game as a guest of a season-ticket holder, and the team revoked those tickets.