A New England Patriots fan has died after an argument with a Miami Dolphins supporter at Gillette Stadium on Sunday evening (September 17, 2023).
A Newmarket, New Hampshire man has died after a physical altercation at Gillette Stadium during the New England Patriots-Miami Dolphins game on Sunday.
The victim, identified as Dale Mooney, was an avid Patriots fan and had held a season ticket for 30 years. He was 53 years old.
Fan footage shows Mooney and the Dolphins fan in a scuffle as venue staff tried to break up the clash.
Patriot fan video shows victims and Dolphins supporters ‘wrestling’ during fight
A witness recording shows A Patriot and a Dolphin fan huddled together in pairs as two employees from above tried to separate them.
In one moment, the Dolphin fan is seen throwing a punch at Mooney, who was wearing a Patriots jersey.
Mooney was sitting in Ward 208/209 when the incident occurred. A day later, a witness told WCVB Channel 5 Boston that Mooney was involved in a fight with several fans during the NFL game.
“It was definitely disturbing” said Joe Kilmartin. “He basically just grabbed another fan and they started arguing around for a few minutes. At one point, another Dolphins fan came up to him and punched him, and the man simply walked out. It was pretty hard to watch.”
Kilmartin told Mass Live: “The Dolphins fan comes up to him and clearly punches him in the face. He passes out and you immediately notice that he’s not feeling well.”
Massachusetts State Police claim Mooney suffered an “apparent medical event” and investigators are awaiting the medical examiner’s findings to determine whether the altercation contributed to Mooney’s death.
At the time of writing, no charges have been filed in connection with the incident.
Dale Mooney had the “patience of a saint,” his wife says
Dale Mooney’s wife Lisa is searching for answers about how the incident unfolded. Lisa Mooney believes the footage captured will prove her husband didn’t throw a single punch.
“I just don’t understand why people have to go to such extremes,” she said. “Why can’t it just be fun? That’s all it’s supposed to be. It’s a fun family event.”
Mooney added: “It takes a lot to get him out and he has the patience of a saint. I just don’t understand what happened.”
Friends who accompanied her husband to the game told Lisa Mooney that they were “verbally taunted” by other fans.
“He was a great father and a great man, a good husband,” she cried.
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