CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A disturbing video posted on social media shows a Carolina Panthers fan sucker-punching another fan during Thursday night’s game at Bank of America Stadium.
The incident happened after the victim told the Panthers fans standing in front of them that they were “being jerks” for not sitting.
The Instagram post read, in part, “The dude took offense to the couple never sitting down and obstructing his view. The victim telling the dude bro how they’re being jerks and how rude they are for not sitting.”
The graphic video then shows the Panthers fan sucker-punch the older fan sitting behind him.
Warning: The video and post caption contains violence, blood and graphic language
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#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.
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.