Raiders fans misbehaved in Mexico City last night. I know, earth shattering news. But this wasn’t the typical, fights-in-the-stands, drunken idiocy type of misbehavior. No, Raiders fans were trying to affect the outcome of the game by shining a green laser pointer into the eyes of Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler. And it might have worked.
“There was a couple of times it definitely hit me in the eye and it was very noticeable,” Osweiler said after the game. “I never want to say one thing is a difference-maker, but certainly, having a laser zoomed in on your eyeball definitely affects how you play a game.”
Osweiler threw for two touchdowns, one pick and 243 years in the 27-20 loss, which was played at Azteca Stadium in the Mexican capital. The gave him a passer rating of 81.5, which is a few ticks better than the 74.9 he’s put up this season. So it would be hard to argue the laser had that big of an impact.
Still, shining lasers at athletes is very dumb. The extent of fan impact on a game is supposed to be limited to how loud they can yell or how savagely they can heckle. Shining a laser into someone's eyes is a dick move and something that is usually confined to the world of idiot soccer fans.
The trend has made its way to the States though and earlier this year a Jazz fan was kicked out of a game for harassing James Harden with a laser pointer. His punishment didn't end there either. The moron was banned from all NBA arenas for a year.
The issue cropped up a couple years ago in the NFL too, when a Lions fan hit Bills quarterback Kyle Orton with a green laser in the eyes.
He was pretty quickly caught, banned from the stadium and issued a misdemeanor citation. How, you may be wondering, was this guy caught among tens of thousands of fans? Easy, he tweeted about it.