Patriots, NFL Face $10M Suit for Fan’s Opening-Day Death
The New England Patriots and the NFL face a lawsuit seeking $10 million for the death of a fan on opening day of the 2010 season.
Jeff Chartier of Chicopee, Mass., was such a huge fan that he named his son after retired Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
Chartier brought his son, then 6 years old, to opening day at Gillette Stadium in 2010. NFL officials invited Tedy onto the field before the game, but a security guard for the stadium confronted Chartier about the boy being on the field, according to a lawsuit filed by his wife, Kimberly.
The security guard, Arthur Sherman, argued with Chartier for more than 15 minutes in a “harsh, unprofessional, confrontational, disrespectful and antagonistic manner,” the lawsuit claims.
Afterward, Chartier, who was 40 years old, went back to his seat and became unresponsive due to cardiac arrest. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The lawsuit filed on behalf of Tedy, who witnessed his father’s death, claims that the New England Patriots and the National Football League are responsible for the security guard’s actions that lead to Chartier’s death.
“We had a situation which in our view should have been easily resolved,” said George W. Marion, one of the lawyers who filed the suit. “It’s a day that really started off with the excitement of a father bringing his 6-year-old son to an opening day.”
After his death, the Patriots held a moment of silence for Chartier before the next home game and auctioned off an autographed Tom Brady jersey to raise money for the family, who also received a letter of condolence from Pats owner Robert Kraft.
Lawyers for the NFL said it would file an answer to the lawsuit in court instead of commenting.