Field of Beams: Houston Texans Quarterback Distracted by Laser Pointed at His Face During Game
It was the first Monday Night Football broadcast from Mexico City, but the historic game is likely one Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler would like to forget.
A high-powered laser was pointed directly at Osweiler's face several times as he played.
In the close-up replays, the laser is definitely being aimed at his eyes, an obvious attempt to distract him.
Following the game, Osweiler told reporters: “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."
He added: "I'm still gathering information on what exactly took place, but all I know at this point is when we were out there on the field on offense, there were multiple times I saw a green laser coming from the stands. There was a couple of times it definitely hit me in the eye. And it was very noticeable."
NFL security tried to track down the culprit in the sellout crowd inside Mexico’s massive Azteca Stadium but they were not successful.
In the past, pilots have been targeted by lasers. In 2014, Florida State University student Trevor Ragno was arrested after he pointed a laser at a helicopter pilot. He pleaded guilty to the crime and was ordered to pay an $11,000 fine and to perform 80 hours of community service.
As far as Monday night's game, Osweiler and the Texans lost to the Oakland Raiders 27-20.
In 2012, President Obama signed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which made it a federal crime to point lasers at aircrafts of any kind.