KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Attorneys for a man who says he was attacked during a Chiefs game are arguing during a trial that started this week that there’s inadequate security at Arrowhead Stadium.
Adrien Caye’s lawyers say there’s not enough security or crowd control to deal with sometimes unruly and violent home football games at the stadium, The Kansas City Star reported. The Chiefs deny the claims and are fighting them during a civil trial this week in Jackson County Circuit Court.
At issue is an October 2013 home game against the Houston Texans that Caye went to with his fiancee and other family. Caye’s attorney, Ken McClain, during opening arguments said a man in front of Caye hurt his own spouse and started fighting with other fans.
When the man, who appeared intoxicated, started moving through the stands toward him, McClain said Caye stood up and tried to shield his family. Caye’s lawyer said he tried to calm the man by putting his hand on his shoulder. But the man — who was dismissed from the lawsuit — grabbed him and sent him flying down 20 concrete stairs before punching him several times, McClain said. Court documents say both Caye’s wrists were broken.
Caye says security wasn’t there to help.
A Chiefs attorney, Fritz Riesmeyer, said in court that there are hundreds of off-duty Kansas City police officers and Jackson County deputies as well as private security at home games. He told jurors that fans who feel threatened can easily flag stadium security or staff at safety booths in the stadium.