Kimberly Chartier of Chicopee, MA filed a civil lawsuit in Hampden Superior Court against the New England Patriots and the NFL, claiming that they’re responsible for the wrongful death of her husband Jeffrey A. Chartier, according to Buffy Spencer of The Republican. She’s seeking at least $10 million.
Jeffrey brought his son Tedy, then 6-years-old, to the 2010 home opener, where NFL officials reportedly invited Tedy onto the field before the game. Tedy is named after former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.
A security guard at Gillette Stadium, identified as Arthur Sherman of Cumberland, RI, confronted Jeffrey about his son being on the field. The confrontation lasted more than 15 minutes and Chartier had a heart attack because of the stress, the suit charges.
Per the Suit: “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.”
“We had a situation which in our view should have been easily resolved. It’s a day that really started off with the excitement of a father bringing his 6-year-old son to an opening day,” George W. Marion, one of the lawyers for Chartier, said.
Lawyers for the Patriots and the NFL have declined comment because the litigation is pending.