New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady didn't just have to overcome the Kansas City defense during the AFC title game this past Sunday - he also had to deal with someone pointing a laser pointer at his face during the game.
Numerous videos have emerged, showing a green laser pointer on Brady's face and helmet during multiple plays in the game. According to a legal analyst, the person responsible could be charged with a crime.
Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann wrote a column on the situation, noting that the user of a laser pointer - especially a green one, which can be more dangerous - can "constitute" a criminal act.
Of course, the Chiefs (and law enforcement) would have to be able to determine who in the crowd was responsible. But if they do, that person could be in a lot of trouble.
While neither Missouri nor Kansas City has a specific law on use of a laser pointer as a tool of harassment, an attempt to impair the vision of another person could count as disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace or, if an injury had occurred, battery. To that point, if the person(s) who directed a laser pointer at Brady in Arrowhead Stadium is identified through the NFL’s investigation (or through any investigation conducted by local law enforcement), there’s a good chance that person would be charged with a crime.
At a minimum, if the person is found out, they'll be banned from NFL games for life.
If you haven't seen footage of the incident - here's one video. It's pretty obvious someone is shining some kind of light on Brady.
Hopefully, they find the person responsible. This is not the kind of thing the NFL wants to happen again.