A Missouri man has been charged for allegedly shining a laser at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC championship game in Kansas City in January, according to the Jackson County prosecutor’s office.
Dwyan Morgan, 64, of Lee’s Summit, faces a single count of disturbing the peace, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker wrote in a statement Tuesday. The offense is punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, according to the press release from the prosecutor’s office in Missouri.
Authorities allege that Morgan shined the laser at Brady during the Kansas City Chiefs’ game at Arrowhead Stadium in January, which the Pats won, 37-31, a victory that sent them to the Super Bowl for the third straight year.
“Evidence showed Brady was unaware of the laser being shined at him,” prosecutors said in the statement.
The citation was filed Monday in Jackson County Municipal Court, and Morgan is due to appear in court there on July 17, prosecutors said.
The Kansas City Star reported that the investigation began after William Joy, a reporter with KMBC Channel 9, shared video footage that showed what appeared to be a green light directed at Brady during the AFC championship game. The Chiefs then “used videotape and eyewitnesses to identify the culprit,” the Star reported.
Brady isn’t the first player to be targeted with a laser pointer during an NFL game. According to NFL.com, Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt said a laser was pointed at them during a game against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit on Oct. 5, 2014. The spectator was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and banned from the stadium. Two years later, Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler had a green laser directed at his face during a game against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on Nov. 21, 2016.
“There was a couple times it definitely hit me in the eye and it was very noticeable,” Osweiler was quoted as saying on NFL.com. “It was just one small factor, but it certainly affected how I was playing and able to see downfield and whatnot.”
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