Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray on a fan who hit him

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray on a fan who hit him

TEMPE, Ariz. — Kyler Murray seems content to let the slaps that happened in Vegas stay in Vegas.

Las Vegas police said Monday they are investigating allegations that a fan in the stands punched the Cardinals quarterback amid celebrations of Arizona’s 29-23 overtime victory over the Raiders.

Murray said Wednesday that the game’s wild ending reflected the bizarre post-match situation with the fans. Speaking to reporters, the quarterback didn’t condone the slap, but he also didn’t act like he wanted to hold a grudge.

“Things happen fast,” Murray said. “I don’t know. I know all the people I’ve punched in the face, I did it for a reason. I don’t know if he probably didn’t know where he was – it was a nice game in straight. Vegas is Vegas. I’m sure he was having fun. But – I don’t know – I don’t think a player should be touched about it.

“But no hard feelings towards this guy. If I see him, I’ll shake his hand. That’s how it is.”

Murray said he didn’t regret going to the stands during the post-match celebration: “No, I would do it again if I could.”

Murray was in the front row of spectators at Allegiant Stadium following Byron Murphy Jr.’s late-game fumble return on Sunday when a man appeared to reach out and punch Murray in the face with an open hand.

Video showed Murray looking stunned, but not hurt, then trying to identify the striker in the mostly happy crowd.

Las Vegas police spokesman Officer Larry Hadfield confirmed a battery complaint was filed around 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the stadium. The report was not immediately available.

The win was Arizona’s first since Murray agreed to a five-year, $230.5 million contract extension. He was the first pick in the 2019 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2018.

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