The man who allegedly shined a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players as the team took on the Detroit Lions last weekend has been identified, charged and banned from Ford Field, according to a statement from the team.
The alleged laser-pointing fan faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from the Detroit City Prosecutor's Office. The fan's name was not given in the statement. ESPN reported police were able to track him down after he allegedly bragged about the incident on social media.
The Lions also announced that the season ticket holder who gave the individual their tickets for the game will have his seats revoked for the rest of the 2014 season.
“Our guest behavior expectations for all Ford Field events are very high," Lions team President Tom Lewand said in a statement. "Additionally, this occurrence was unique in that it could have affected the integrity of the game and more importantly could have jeopardized player safety."
Quarterback Kyle Orton and holder Colton Schmidt said they had a laser directed at them during Buffalo's 17-14 win over the Lions on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. Schmidt said he had the laser pointed at him while holding on a 50-yard field goal attempt that Dan Carpenter banked off left upright in the third quarter. Carpenter responded to secure the win by hitting a 58-yard attempt with 4 seconds remaining, according to AP.
All the major sports leagues ban laser pointers from their games, and dozens of incidents have been reported across the US of the devices being pointed at airplanes and helicopters, possibly blinding pilots.