Chiefs fan banned for life over claims he pointed laser at Tom Brady

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New England Patriots’ Tom Brady walks off the field before the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The New England Patriots won 13-3. | Steve Luciano/Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have instituted a lifetime ban against a fan accused of flashing a laser at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during last month’s AFC championship game.

The Kansas City Star reports the Chiefs say the team is also working with authorities to charge the fan “as aggressively as possible,” but the decision is ultimately up to prosecutors in Jackson County.

Prosecutor’s office spokesman Michael Mansur says charges hadn’t been filed as of Sunday.

Laser pointers are banned at most sporting events because of the potential for distraction and safety reasons. The light can damage the retina in the eye after even a short period of time.

The Patriots won the AFC championship game 37-31 in overtime, sending them to the Super Bowl.

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