FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — A man accused of throwing a beer in the face of a visiting player who scored a touchdown Sunday night at Gillette Stadium will be criminally charged, according to Foxboro police.
During the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ win over the Chiefs, Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill broke free for a 75-yard touchdown to tie the game at 40 points apiece.
On live television, several fans wearing Patriots gear could be seen giving Hill the middle finger. One of those fans then threw an open beer in Hill’s face.
Foxboro police said stadium security reviewed the surveillance video with detectives and were able to identify the man responsible.
Police have not released the identity of the 21-year-old Mansfield man but said he’ll be charged with disorderly conduct and throwing an object at a sporting event.
The man will be summoned to Wrentham District Court at a later date to face those charges, police said.
Foxboro Police Chief Bill Baker said Gillette Stadium, nor the Patriots fanbase, should be to blame for the incident.
“No I don’t think its a reflection of the bar or the stadium or anything else,” Baker said. “I think it’s a reflection of bad decisions, on the part of one person who is now going to be held responsible on his bad choices and his impact on other people.”
In a statement Monday, the Patriots said the fan in question has been banned from “all future events” at Gillette Stadium.