Add another possible controversy surrounding the New England Patriots as “Lasergate” might be taking center stage around the NFL prior to Super Bowl LIII.
This time, though, Tom Brady and Co. are not being accused of any sort of wrongdoings. No, the legendary Patriots quarterback was actually the victim of some overzealous Kansas City Chiefs fans during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.
The NFL is reportedly looking into an incident at Arrowhead Stadium in which Brady, while in action on the field, had a laser pointer shined in his face and eyes on multiple occasions, per the Boston Herald.
A green light can be seen on Brady in this video taken provided by KMBC’s William Joy:
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
Joy reports that the light was flashed on Brady multiple times during the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game, including on the play prior to Brady’s second interception of the night, which was picked off by Daniel Sorensen with eight minutes left in the game.
The Kansas City fans’ efforts did little to stop Brady and the Patriots as they came out on top 37-31 to book their ninth trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years.
It remains to be seen if punishment awaits the guilty party should they be found, though this has been a continuous problem in the Kansas City area.
“We’ve had some issues of lasers around the airport, but not at the stadium,” Sgt. Jacob Becchina, a spokesman for the Kansas City police department, told the Boston Herald. “We will investigate, though, if we receive a police report.”