Lions officially ban fan who used laser pointer

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The fan alleged to have flashed a laser pointer toward players in Sunday’s Bills-Lions game at Ford Field is indefinitely prohibited from attending games and other events at the stadium and faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from the city of Detroit, the Lions announced Thursday.

The fan “subsequently admitted” flashing the laser pointer, the team said Thursday. The fan’s lifetime ban from Ford Field is “effective immediately,” the Lions said.

The fan’s identity was not disclosed by the club.

Bills quarterback Kyle Orton and punter/holder Colton Schmidt were among the Bills players who allegedly had to deal with the laser pointed their way in Sunday’s win at Detroit. Schmidt is said to have had the laser pointed at him during Dan Carpenter’s missed 50-yard field goal in the third quarter, while Orton motioned to his eyes after throwing an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter.

News of the Lions’ ban was first reported by Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports on Wednesday.

The Lions also said they have revoked the season tickets belonging to the owner of the seat used by the laser pointer for the balance of the 2014 season, a clear reminder to season-ticket holders to be mindful of their conduct and the conduct of those who use their seats.

22 responses to “Lions officially ban fan who used laser pointer

  1. Guess the dude will have to enjoy the NFL experience from the comforts of his house! Sounds a little harsh for flashing a light. But then this is the league that suspends wife beaters for 2 games and pot heads 1 year.

  2. How does one control the conduct of someone who uses their seat but who purchased it on the NFL Ticket Exchange? There must be more to the story, maybe a relative used the ticket.

  3. Good, I wish those things weren’t so easy/cheap to purchase. Too many idiots in the world. Enjoy your ban – hope you had season tickets and can’t get a refund.

  4. Helps if I read the entire article before posting… let me try that last sentence again.

    *ahem*

    Enjoy your ban – hope you can’t get a refund on your revoked season tickets.

  5. jjb0811 says:
    Oct 9, 2014 4:06 PM
    Guess the dude will have to enjoy the NFL experience from the comforts of his house! Sounds a little harsh for flashing a light. But then this is the league that suspends wife beaters for 2 games and pot heads 1 year.

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    Yeah, there is nothing remotely dangerous about pointing laser pointers at people. I tell you what, go and point one at an airline pilot as he’s about to land….

  6. For those who think laser pointers aren’t distracting, they aren’t like regular flashlights. They can burn out your retinas. There’s a reason the laser carries that far from the point of origin.

  7. Of all the crimes going on in Detroit, this is by far the worst. Please dedicate all the law enforcement resources needed to press this misdemeanor charge.

  8. How do they enforce this? If the guy buys a ticket to a Lions game, I doubt the ticket-takers at the gate are going to have a picture of his face right by them making sure he doesn’t get in.

  9. I remember when the NBA banned the guy who started the Pacers/Pistons brawl — ALSO in Detroit.

  10. sabatimus says: Oct 9, 2014 4:17 PM

    For those who think laser pointers aren’t distracting, they aren’t like regular flashlights. They can burn out your retinas.

    Depends on the strength.

  11. All you laser pointer police are right, only now can we deal with the people killing people at stadiums with equal Zero Tolerance?

    We need to pull season tickets, do what ever it takes to reclaim the stands from the human waste that we are letting run the show on Sundays, at least in Happy Levi Stadium.

  12. renbutler says: Oct 9, 2014 5:43 PM

    I remember when the NBA banned the guy who started the Pacers/Pistons brawl — ALSO in Detroit.
    ^
    Technically it was in Auburn Hills.

  13. fan noise to interfere with the other team’s offensive play-calling

    Used to be a penalty at one time. I don’t remember hearing why that went away.

  14. It’s true. For a little while there was a rule that said excessive fan noise could result in a delay of game penalty to the home team. Sam Wyche got on the refs about that when the Bengals were playing the Lions in the Silverdome. He succeeded in taking the crowd (and the fun) out of the game.

    As for the laser pointer … it spoils the game for everyone. I’m disappointed that fans in the stadium didn’t snitch and turn the guy over to security.

  15. Not only was the kid charged but the season tickets holder whose tickets he was using lost them for the rest of the season. And no they won’t get their money back. Read the fine print. Its called being held responsible, a foreign concept to most here it seems.
    Also I can tell he is not a real fan, he was just there for ‘the experience’, as many people are who go to games. I bet he doesn’t know the first thing about the Lions.

  16. Regarding how the enforce this, if they ban him from the premises he could face legal action if he’s caught coming back in, so, yeah, they probably aren’t going to Scotch tape his school picture next to the ticket window, but he’d be taking a pretty big risk just to go to a game he can watch on TV for free, with presumably less potential for legal consequence.

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