Police charge Panthers fan who threw sucker punch with assault, release mugshot

Police charge Panthers fan who threw sucker punch with assault, release mugshot

The assault began after the victim, a 62-year-old man, objected to the suspect's refusal to sit down during the game, according to the Instagram user who posted the video.

Update: The man who threw the punches, 26-year old Kyle Adam Maraghy, has been arrested by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and faces a charge of simple assault. Carrigan said after a mother and her son - who were sitting between him and the victim - left, the fight was on.

The man who took the video, Warren Carrigan, said he shared the video on social media because he wanted to see "justice for the poor old guy who just wanted to watch a football game". Maraghy then punched the seated man in the face four times.

"We have reviewed video tape of the incident and have identified the perpetrator", said a statement from Lance Emory, the Panthers' executive director of risk management.

A man wearing a Carolina Panthers jersey is seen engaged in a verbal argument with a fan seated behind him at Bank of America Stadium.

Carrigan says the victim was upset about the fan in the jersey standing up throughout the game and obstructing his view. "We are working with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to pursue charges to the fullest extent of the law", team officials said. Several other fans jumped in and tried to break up the fight, but the attacker and the woman quickly left the stadium. The league office and the Panthers have both said they're concerned about the incident and committed to security at the stadium.

The NFL told ESPN that it is investigating the incident as well.