A South Carolina man wearing a Cowboys jersey was arrested on Sunday after using a Taser on a group of Jets fans, including a Marine.
Leroy McKelvey, 59, was charged with felony aggravated assault, felony possession of a stun gun, and illegal possession of a weapon after he was caught with a stun gun at Sunday's Jets-Cowboys game on the 9/11 anniversary. He was released on a $22,500 bail.
Witnesses told police that the fight started when a Marine approached McKelvey and asked him to take off his hat and stand during the playing of the National Anthem. When McKelvey refused, the Marine tried to block him from leaving his row and McKelvey responded by using a Taser on the Marine and others in the group.
McKelvey's son Charlamagne Tha God, a deejay at Power 105.1, claims that his father is a devout Jehovah's Witness and doesn't believe in standing for the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem.
Charlamagne Tha God believes that Jets coach Rex Ryan's declaration against Cowboys fans could have played a role in the brawl.
Before the Jets-Cowboys game, Ryan said that it was not recommended for Cowboys fans to wear Cowboys stuff to Sunday night's game.
He's not a violent guy at all. He just likes to have fun, Charlamagne Tha God told the Daily News. He shouldn't have had a taser on him. But I really feel he took a risk because he felt threatened.
Charlamagne Tha God told the Daily News that his father has tattoos of Cowboys stars on his shoulder and right forearm and was wearing a Cowboys hat and jersey at the game.
Ryan later attempted to clarify his comments, claiming he wasn't encouraging violence, but simply didn't want to see a different team's colors in the team's stadium.
The incident marks yet another example of rampant and increasingly dangerous fan violence in stadiums. The most notable case was during a Los Angeles Dodgers-San Francisco Giants game when a Giants fan was attacked by a group of Dodgers fans. The fan has been in a medically induced coma ever since the fight.
The issues also raises the major question as to how McKelvey was able to sneak a Taser through MetLife Stadium security for a 9/11 anniversary game. Many luminaries, including former President George W. Bush, were at the game and security was expected to be extra tight.