During the Buffalo Bills' game against the Detroit Lions last Sunday, quarterback Kyle Orton and kicker Dan Carpenter were irate with officials. After the game, we found out that a fan at Ford Field had been shining a laser pointer at Orton and Carpenter's holder on field goals, Colton Schmidt. The situation was resolved quickly.
Mark Beslach was issued a misdemeanor citation this week for disorderly conduct. He was tracked through social media after bragging about the incident both before and after the game. See our screen shot from his Twitter account:
Once these tweets were brought to the public's attention, a social media campaign against Beslach was launched, which led to him subsequently shutting down his Twitter account and a Facebook group being formed to ban him from NFL games for life.
In addition to a likely small fine for the citation, Beslach has been barred from future NFL games at Ford Field. In reality, it means if he's ever caught at the stadium doing something stupid, he'll be charged with trespassing. Police also confiscated his laser pen while the Lions revoked tickets for the remainder of the 2014 season for the season ticket holder Beslach obtained the tickets from.
The best thing about the incident is that no one was hurt, and it didn't cost the Bills the win. Here is a photo of the laser in Orton's eye from Prescott Rossi of WROC in Rochester, along with a video showing the laser on the field (along the blue line of scrimmage) from Sal Capaccio of WGR 550.
Found the play (10:02 left 4th qtr) when Kyle Orton said he was hit with a laser pointer. No doubt about it. #Bills pic.twitter.com/4y9k0jDvCU— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) October 8, 2014
Here's slo-mo of the laser at Bills offense. This is play Orton complained after. Watch between DE/TE at top: https://t.co/3MlhLF9b6i— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) October 7, 2014