The man who doused Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill with beer during Sunday night’s game at Gillette Stadium has been identified and will be facing two misdemeanor charges — disorderly conduct and throwing an object at a sporting event — according to the Foxborough Police Department.
In a press release issued Monday, police said the man is a 21-year-old Mansfield resident but did not disclose his name. Foxborough Police Chief William Baker said in a press conference later Monday evening that the man was identified via surveillance videos and witness accounts. Baker said they have spoken to the suspect, who is scheduled to appear in Wrentham District Court at a date to be determined.
“Our people were in the immediate area, became aware of the conduct, and we pursued it the same way we would every incident of criminal conduct like this,” Baker said. “This was a case of the police and security working collaboratively, like we do.”
Baker said the decision to pursue charges was that of the police department’s, and not a result of pressure levied by the Chiefs, Hill’s agent, or the NFL. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Hill and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, wanted to take action against the fan and had begun talking to the NFL and NFLPA about potential options.
“That type of behavior is unacceptable,” Rosenhaus told Schefter. “Players have to be protected. We want that fan to be prosecuted.”
The Patriots issued a statement on the incident earlier Monday afternoon.
“Gillette Stadium security has identified the fan who violated the fan code of conduct by tossing beer onto a player during the game last night,” read the statement. “The matter has been turned over to local law enforcement and the fan will be sent a letter of disinvite to all future events at Gillette Stadium.”