CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Carolina Panthers fan caught on video punching a man multiple times has been released from jail.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Kyle Adam Maraghy, 26, of Charlotte, was released from the Mecklenburg County jail after being charged with simple assault. He had been jailed on a $1,500 bond.
The suspect is accused of sucker-punching an older fan Thursday night in the upper deck of Bank of America stadium during the Panthers versus Eagles game.
The video shows Maraghy turning around and punching a 62-year-old man in the face. It was posted on Instagram by user “odubco.”
The Carolina Panthers released a statement about the incident 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. The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience. The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.”
The Panthers lost 28-23 and fell to 4-2 on the season.
The suspect had nothing to say to reporters who questioned him as he left jail.
#dudebro & his chicka were standing for the entire game. words gradually got more and more escalated. there previously was a single mom and her son between us, they left halfway through the 3rd. after that, the lid was off. the dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view. the victim telling the #dudebro how they’re being jerks and how rude they are for not sitting. the #dudebro turns around and calls the victim a “geriatric f—k”, “fa***t”, and “hick”. then sucker punches him right in the face. i don’t know if he got away or left in handcuffs, but i hope it’s the latter. edit: to clarify further, both the puncher and punchee were wearing Panthers attire. The assailant was seated in section 541, row 24, seat 10.