An eyewitness to Sunday evening’s struggle at Gillette Stadium that resulted in a fan’s demise is looking on the league to regulate the brawling that’s being glorified on social media.
“It’s sad and senseless,” stated Joe Kilmartin of Nashua, N.H., who watched as a fellow Granite State man died close to him within the higher tier on the Foxboro stadium after grappling with a Dolphins fan.
That demise is underneath investigation by the Norfolk DA’s workplace, because the Herald has reported. Authorities haven’t stated if any fees can be filed within the demise of Dale Mooney, 53, of Newmarket, N.H.
Kilmartin, 29, stated he didn’t know Mooney however recorded the conflict on his cellphone. He added that he had shared that clip with police.
He additionally texted a replica of that video to the Herald, and it exhibits a person, believed to be Mooney, excessive up in Section 310 preventing with a fan in a Miami Dolphins group shirt. Mooney, it seems, was sporting a Number 10 Patriots jersey, the identical quantity worn by quarterback Mac Jones.
Mooney is seen happening the aisle to confront the opposite man as the 2 shortly start to wrestle as others try to get out of the way in which. Stadium safety officers in orange shirts arrived nearly instantly after.
Kilmartin instructed the Herald Tuesday evening he witnessed the Dolphins fan “punch” Mooney “in the face” close to the tip of the sport. The Patriots went on to lose to the Dolphins 24-17.
But Kilmartin stated getting in a struggle over a sport is ridiculous.
“It was frightening. I’ve been thinking about it since and the way a man took another man’s life. It’s tragic and could have been prevented,” Kilmartin stated. “It’s not one thing it is best to have seen in Section 310.
“This needs to be addressed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL needs to set an example for the country. Sadly, fighting has become almost acceptable. You see more of it on social media,” he added.
Kilmartin stated the struggle wasn’t notably brutal, however Mooney gave the impression to be stricken after by the what gave the impression to be the stress of all of it.
“It was a mutual combat situation but the DA needs to file some type of charge, in my opinion,” Kilmartin added. “He received a good punch to the side of the face — around the temple or jaw. But I think he had a heart attack in the tussle.”
Kilmartin confused: “It’s just a football game! It’s not something to get worked up about. We’re all human beings.” He did add booze might have performed a task, including, “everyone was drinking.”
Patriots and Gillette Stadium officers launched a press release Tuesday that stated: “We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of Dale Mooney, a lifelong Patriots fan and 30-year season ticket member, who died while attending last Sunday night’s Patriots game. We continue to work with local authorities to assist them with their ongoing investigation. We extend our sincerest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Dale’s family and to all those who are mourning his loss.”
The State Police stated Mooney suffered an “apparent medical event” through the sport. His spouse was quoted as saying he was a father of two and a season ticket holder.
Mooney was transported to the Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro the place authorities say he was pronounced lifeless Sunday evening.
State troopers are following “normal protocol” by investigating the demise, the DA added.