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The fan who was video taped sucker-punching a fellow Carolina Panthers fan Thursday night has been identified as Kyle Adam Maraghy. Furthermore, after working with the Panthers to identify Maraghy, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced Friday that he’s been charged with simple assault and being taken to jail.

TMZ Sports reports Maraghy has been arrested for assault twice since 2013.

The Panthers issued a strong statement earlier on Friday, condemning Maraghy and vowing to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law.

Maraghy is said to have assaulted the victim because the man had been complaining about Maraghy and his female companion standing in front of him all game long. After a single mother and her son left in the third quarter, the two parties’ beef intensified, ending when Maraghy sucker-punched the other man, who was seated, multiple times before fleeing.

Jesse Reed
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