NFL news 2022: Las Vegas police investigating fan who smacked Kyler Murray in face
Police are investigating an incident in which NFL footballer Kyler Murray got smacked in the face, the NY Post reports.
After the Arizona Cardinals stunningly came from behind to defeat the Raiders in overtime at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the team was revelling on the field.
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Murray went and gave high fives to Cardinals fans sitting in the front row behind one of the end zones.
A video emerged of a fan, presumably a Raiders supporter, appearing to smack Murray in the face right after these high fives.
Murray turned around and confronted the group of fans involved. Teammates quickly got between Murray and the fans to de-escalate the situation.
Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield confirmed to the Associated Press that a battery complaint was filed. While he did not name Murray specifically, he confirmed the complaint involved “a spectator at the stadium (who) struck a professional football player.”
The game had very high stakes, as both the Cardinals and Raiders entered at 0-1.
A 1-1 record is highly salvageable whereas starting the NFL season 0-2 really puts teams behind the eight ball.
The Raiders had a 23-7 lead headed into the fourth quarter before Murray went into video game mode, leading two touchdown drives capped by two-point conversions to tie the game.
The Cardinals won in overtime when Hunter Renfrow fumbled the ball and it was scooped up by Byron Murphy and returned for a 59-yard touchdown.
It was Arizona’s first victory since Murray agreed to a AU$370 million, five-year contract extension.
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission