Police in Las Vegas said Monday they’re investigating allegations that a fan in the stands struck Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray amid celebrations of Arizona’s 29-23 overtime victory over the Raiders.
Murray was high-fiving front-row spectators at Allegiant Stadium following Byron Murphy Jr’s game-ending fumble return on Sunday when a man appeared to reach out and smack Murray in the face with an open hand. Video showed Murray appeared to be stunned rather than injured. He then attempted to identify the attacker in the mostly happy crowd.
A Las Vegas police spokesman, confirmed that a battery complaint was made at the stadium. The report was not immediately available. The spokesman did not name Murray as the reporting person, but confirmed the allegation was that “a spectator at the stadium struck a professional football player.”
Murray had an outstanding game, leading the Cardinals to two touchdowns and two two-point conversions in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
The victory was Arizona’s first since Murray agreed to a $230.5m, five-year contract extension. He was the No 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2018.