NFL investigating claim that a laser was flashed at Tom Brady during Patriots AFC title game win

The NFL is ‘looking into’ a report by a Kansas City television station that a laser pointer was aimed at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

KMBC shot video that showed a green dot flickering around Brady’s shoulder and face. ESPN reported an NFL spokesman confirmed the incident was being investigated. 

As explained in the KMBC report, the laser was visible around Brady’s face and shoulder before he handed the ball off to running back Sony Michel in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing play, Brady was intercepted by Safety Daniel Sorensen. 

An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to the Daily Mail’s request for comment. 

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The laser was visible around Brady's face and shoulder before he handed the ball off to running back Sony Michel in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing play, Brady was intercepted by Safety Daniel Sorensen. The NFL is reportedly investigating the incident 

The laser was visible around Brady's face and shoulder before he handed the ball off to running back Sony Michel in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing play, Brady was intercepted by Safety Daniel Sorensen. The NFL is reportedly investigating the incident 

The laser was visible around Brady’s face and shoulder before he handed the ball off to running back Sony Michel in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing play, Brady was intercepted by Safety Daniel Sorensen. The NFL is reportedly investigating the incident 

The Patriots declined to comment on the report and the Chiefs said they were not aware of the incident during the game, won by New England, 37-31 in overtime.

‘Our photographer, Turner Twyman, caught someone pointing what appears to be a laser pointer in Tom Brady’s face last night,’ read a Tweet from KMBC’s William Joy. ‘Play between the “muff” that wasn’t and Sorensen int. @NFL, @Patriots and @Chiefs all told me they weren’t aware of the incident.’ 

This wouldn’t be the first time an NFL quarterback has had to fight through a distracting laser. 

Then-Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler had a similar green laser shined at him during a game in Mexico City back in 2016. 

Joy also wrote that the station’s camera person may have seen the same green laser on Patriots receiver Chris Hogan and tight end Rob Gronkowski at different moments in the game.  

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Following the Patriots' 37-31 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Brady posted an Instagram video of himself grinning while longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski did the same in the background

Following the Patriots' 37-31 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, Brady posted an Instagram video of himself grinning while longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski did the same in the background

Gronkowski can be heard snickering as both he and Brady shrug and smile in the self-shot clip.

Gronkowski can be heard snickering as both he and Brady shrug and smile in the self-shot clip.

Following the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Brady posted an Instagram video of himself grinning while longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski did the same in the background. Gronkowski can be heard snickering as both he and Brady shrug and smile in the self-shot clip

Following the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win against the Chiefs, Brady posted an Instagram video of himself grinning while his longtime Gronkowski did the same in the background. 

Gronkowski can be heard snickering as both he and Brady shrug and smile in the self-shot clip. Neither player says a word.  

Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 30 of 46 passes on Sunday for an impressive 348 yards and a touchdown to go with two picks 

Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 30 of 46 passes on Sunday for an impressive 348 yards and a touchdown to go with two picks 

Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 30 of 46 passes on Sunday for an impressive 348 yards and a touchdown to go with two picks 

The video concludes with footage of the Patriots’ win with a graphic of the score and at one point, Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs’ ‘Bad Boy for Life’ begins playing.

It’s unclear who edited the self-shot portion of the Instagram post with the portion that included game footage and music. The video was posted early Monday morning, a few hours after the Patriots’ return flight landed at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Instagram was nearly a decade away from its launch when a 24-year-old Brady guided New England to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title against the St. Louis Rams – the same franchise the Patriots will face in Super Bowl LIII. 

In that game, on February 3, Brady will make his ninth trip to the Super Bowl in search of his sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Although the Patriots beat the Chiefs during the regular season, it was Kansas City that was favored on Sunday. New England was a two-point underdog following an 11-5 season that many considered disappointing given the team’s high standards. 

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, during a news conference after the AFC Championship game

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, during a news conference after the AFC Championship game

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, left, during a news conference after the AFC Championship game

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