Super Bowl LIV featured the Kansas City Chiefs coming back from a 10-point deficit to win their first title in 50 years. That was thrilling enough to most spectators, but not everyone was enthralled by the on-field action. A video went viral on Twitter that showed a man in the crowd fast asleep during the first quarter of the game.
The clip was captured by Sporting News‘ Karisa Maxwell, who filmed a 13-second clip from the stands that starts out showing the cheering crowd from behind the Chiefs’ end zone and pans over to show an entire section of people in Kansas City gear, standing on their feet. That is, everyone was standing except for one spectator, who was caught passed out with his legs folded and his mouth agape.
The clip quickly spread across Twitter and has already amassed over 6.3 million views, going viral so quickly that it was brought to the man’s attention during the game.
“Oh no… His friend is currently showing him the video. The whole section knows,” Maxwell wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Somehow, this man is sleeping through the #SuperBowl.
We’re still only in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/erK0gfpqvQ
— Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) February 3, 2020
Later, she tweeted that she approached the man after halftime to see if he would be interested in an interview. When she asked him, he supposedly seemed “annoyed,” telling her “absolutely not.”
The New York Post was able to identify the spectator as Declan Kelly, an Irish-born businessman who runs a consulting firm with ties to the Clinton family. He is the chairman and CEO of Teneo, which has Doug Band — a former aide to Bill Clinton — as its president.
Tickets to the Super Bowl are notoriously pricey, which is one reason so many people were shocked to see someone spend his time sleeping instead of watching the game.
“I guess these days Declan is asleep-at-the-Super-Bowl-wealthy,” a source told the New York Post.
Before working for Teneo, he worked as the State Department’s economic envoy to Northern Ireland. He was appointed the position by Hillary Clinton in 2009.
Kelly has yet to answer calls or messages about the viral video.
The businessman was not the only one who made headlines for staying in his seat during the game. As reported by The Inquisitr, Jay-Z and Beyonce both decided to remain seated while Demi Lovato was singing the national anthem.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took notice of this and reshared an Instagram post from Miko Grimes, which criticized Jay-Z for a statement where he said he was “past kneeling” at NFL games.