According to the Springfield (Mass.) Republican, the bereaved wife of a deceased Patriots fan is suing the team, the NFL and two other defendants for at least $10 million in damages , arising out of the wrongful death of Jeffrey Chartier during a 2010 game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.
Kimberly Chartier, a native of nearby Chicopee, Massachusetts, has filed a civil suit against the team, alleging that the franchise and three other parties are responsible for the death of Jeffrey Chartier, 40, in the 2010 season opener. Gillette Stadium operator NPS and security service provider TeamOps also are named in the suit, reports the Republican.
Reports surfaced at the time that an altercation with a security guard during the Week 1 game against the Bengals immediately preceded Chartier’s death.
The suit alleges Chartier was invited to go on the field before the game with his then-6-year-old son, Tedy, by two team officials. Reportedly, Tedy did not have a field pass and was denied access by a security guard, identified in Kimberly Chartier’s complaint as Arthur Sherman.
Following a 15-minute confrontation, Jeff Chartier returned to his seat, where Kimberly Chartier alleges her husband suffered a fatal heart attack. Chartier alleges that stress related to the argument with the security guard caused Jeffrey Chartier’s death.
The complaint contains the following fact summary:
“Jeff Chartier died as a result of cardiac arrest that was precipitated by agitation and stress caused by an interaction with a security guard at Gillette Stadium who inappropriately and unnecessarily confronted Jeff Chartier and his son Tedy in a harsh, unprofessional, confrontational, disrespectful and antagonistic manner.”
Chartier had been a season-ticket holder since the start of the 2000 season, and named his son after former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, reports Yahoo Sports.
The Patriots held a moment of silence of Chartier’s death prior to their next home game, two weeks later against the Bills. The team also donated a Tom Brady jersey for auction to raise money for his family, and owner Robert Kraft, Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett and media spokesman Stacey James attended Chartier’s funeral, reports Yahoo Sports.
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