Bills' Complaints About Laser at Ford Field Trigger Investigation by Lions

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2014

USA Today

After a couple of Buffalo Bills players complained about a laser being pointed at them during Sunday's game at Ford Field, the Detroit Lions announced they would look into the matter.

At different points in the game, quarterback Kyle Orton and kicker Dan Carpenter each griped about someone from the stands pointing a green laser at them. In fact, the distraction may have contributed to Carpenter missing a 50-yard field-goal attempt in the third quarter.

"It was shining on [holder] Colton [Schmidt] on the hold," Carpenter said, per MLive.com's Justin Rogers. "As far as that goes, I understand the NFL security is looking into it to see if they can figure anything out."

Orton and Carpenter were still able to lead Buffalo (3-2) to a 17-14 victory.

Update from Thursday, Oct. 9

Police have caught the alleged culprit, according to ESPN.com

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Detroit police say they have caught the man who allegedly shined a laser pointer at Buffalo Billsplayers at the Lions' Ford Field last weekend.

Mark Beslach was issued a misdemeanor citation for disorderly conduct and will have to appear in court and likely pay a small fine.

Police confiscated the laser pen he allegedly used after tracking Beslach through social media, where he apparently boasted about the incident.

The Lions also released a statement saying the individual has been banned from Ford Field: 

The person accused of using a laser pointer at Sunday's Detroit Lions-Buffalo Bills game has been identified and effective immediately will be banned indefinitely from attending all future events at Ford Field, the Lions announced today.

The individual, who subsequently admitted using the laser pointer, also has been charged with a misdemeanor for Disorderly Conduct by the Detroit City Prosecutor’s Office.

The Lions also announced that that the Season Ticket Member whose ticket was used by the individual will have his season tickets revoked for the balance of the 2014 season. 

--End of Updates--

The Lions (3-2) released a statement after the game:

We are aware of the reports from today's game involving the use of a laser, and we have been in contact with NFL security regarding this issue. 
 
Lasers are a prohibited item at Ford Field.  
 
While Ford Field security was unable to identify anyone using a laser at today's game, any future occurrence will be dealt with accordingly.

It shouldn't take them long to find the culprit considering he took to Twitter to brag about what he did:

Via Twitter

(Note: The fan's Twitter account is no longer active.)

It's a pretty safe bet Marko Beslach won't be allowed at Ford Field again anytime soon.

[Facebook, h/t CBS Sports]

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