Cops make arrest after viral video of assault at Panthers game, lawyer says there’s more to the story

A widely viewed Instagram video led to the arrest on Friday of a North Carolina man allegedly seen punching an older man at an NFL game the previous night — but his attorney now claims the social media post does not tell the whole story.

WSOC reported that Kyle Adam Maraghy was arrested and charged with simple assault after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department launched an investigation into the graphic video.

Police identified Maraghy as the man seen punching a 62-year-old fan in the face during a game between the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles.

The individual who recorded and posted the video told a WSOC reporter that the assault came after an increasingly heated argument between the two men involved.

Maraghy allegedly stood throughout a majority of the game, leading the victim and others behind him to grow angrier.

After the initial punch, the victim can be seen bloodied in his seat as his attacker continues to land closed-fist blows to his face.

The aggressor and a woman with him leave the scene when bystanders begin to show up to intervene. The victim was reportedly treated for his injuries at the scene.

Bleacher Report cited a statement by Maraghy’s attorney, who claimed the argument leading up to the assault was in response to the victim’s “vulgar, disrespecting and threatening” behavior.

“That’s what the 15 seconds didn’t show,” he said of the short Instagram video.

Maraghy was notably less talkative when he was released from custody following his arrest.

According to a statement by the Panthers, the team aided in identifying a suspect and vowed to work with police in any way possible.

“The Carolina Panthers are committed to a fan-friendly and family-friendly stadium experience,” the statement read. “The behavior exhibited by the perpetrator is unacceptable and will not be condoned at Bank of America Stadium.”

The video, which contains graphic content and might offend some viewers, can be seen below:

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