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NFL reveals enhanced pat-down policy after stun-gun event in NJ

By Joan Firstenberg     Sep 16, 2011 in Sports
New York - The NFL has now instituted an enhanced pat-down for all game attendees. This, after a South Carolina man was able to sneak a stun gun into the NFL game in East Rutherford, NJ last week and use it on three men after an argument.
The NFL is now directing that all fans be patted down from the ankles up, rather than just from the waist up before they reach their seats. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Reuters that this won't be an easy practice for fans to swallow.
"We encourage fans to come early, enjoy their tailgating and be patient as they enter the stadium."
The Chicago Tribune reports that this is a change in the NFL's long-standing pat-down policy, first introduced in 2005, which only required that fans be searched from the waist up.
The NFL wasn't saying whether the new rule was related to an incident at a game last week, where in spite of heightened security for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a South Carolina man was able to sneak a stun gun into a game firing it into the crowd. Leroy T. McKelvey, 59, is accused of using the gun on three men in an upper deck scuffle at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The game pitted the New York Jets against the Dallas Cowboys and Mckelvey was an ardent Cowboys fan and a devout Jehovah's Witness follower who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the National Anthem, which ticked off some Jets fans sitting in his row. When they got into an argument, McKelvey pulled out the stun gun and fired. Aside from being shocked, the three men suffered minor injuries.
McKelvey has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a stun gun and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.
Fans are already getting used to a new rule to move the kickoff line up five yards, which will cut the number of returners who run the ball out of the end zone which was announced during Week One. But that has also made the game less exciting for some fans.
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