ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Bills fan caught performing a lewd act while tailgating is now in trouble.
Mohamed Dhali, 25, of Lackawanna, was arrested Wednesday morning. Police say he poured beer down the exposed backside of a 17-year-old woman before a game last month.
Several times in 2016, law enforcement and the Buffalo Bills have been forced to respond to bad fan behavior, much of it happening in private lots. They say it’s a black eye on Buffalo, and so they’ve worked extra hard to get to the bottom of the latest incident.
That led to an arrest and a plea from police and the team: That kind of behavior won’t be tolerated any longer.
“It’s embarrassing,” said Andy Major, the Bills vice president of gameday operations and guest services. “When these things happen, it’s not just the Buffalo Bills, it’s not just Orchard Park, it’s not the county, it’s everybody.”
Her age and that her backside beer glass became an indecent internet sensation, it isn’t enough to warrant criminal charges on its own, according to Orchard Park Police Chief Mark Pacholec. But it is enough to yet again put the Bills and their fans in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
“”There was a lot of public outcry for this, I mean, this is ridiculous,” Pacholec said. “We’ve seen some of the things that have gone on, and some of those earlier incidents that have gone on social media. Nobody got hurt, but we’ve worked with the Bills to say, enough is enough. Somebody is going to get hurt doing these stupid things.”
It’s surprising no one was seriously hurt with these stunts, police said. And like the police, the Bills organization, which spends time tracking social media to expose problems with its fans, has had enough.
Orchard Park police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will continue to step up patrols, just as they’ve done all season. But don’t be surprised to see increased presence near private lots.
“It not only casts a bad shadow on who we are and this community, but we don’t want anybody to get hurt,” Pacholec said.
Law enforcement member said they’re also investigating another incident of bad fan behavior. A few weeks ago, someone threw a sex toy onto the field, as the Bills were nearing the goal line against the Patriots. Two fans have been identified and have been banned from the stadium for life.
It’s not illegal to throw items on the field, but local law enforcement are working to change that, starting with the two men who now aren’t welcomed back to New Era Field.