In the TNF matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens secured a 34-20 victory, as expected, and welcomed some aliens (well, actually, just a drone), as unexpected.
That's correct. A drone appeared in the sky above M&T Bank Stadium for the first time with five minutes left in the second quarter and returned later, just before the start of the fourth quarter, leading to play stoppages.
On Friday, it was revealed that the Federals are looking into what the hell went down in Baltimore.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced an investigation into a drone-related disruption during Thursday night's Ravens-Bengals game in Baltimore. Drones are prohibited within a 3-mile radius of stadiums seating over 30,000 people during major events, including NFL and MLB games.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh joked about the sightings after the game, stating, "We saw them up there--drones! That’s a first. I thought I’d seen it all with the Super Bowl, the lights going out at the Super Bowl. Now we got drones flying around."
Maryland State Police and authorities identified the drone operator, who they quickly instructed to land the device. The operator, reportedly unaware of the restrictions, lacked the necessary waiver to operate the drone in stadium airspace during the game, according to the statements.
The FAA, in its own statement, affirmed its commitment to investigating all instances of unauthorized drone activity, let alone in a public venue like this filled to the brim in the middle of a night with many cameras broadcasting the event live--an NFL game, no less!
"The agency looks into all reports of unauthorized drone operations and investigates when appropriate," the statement read.
Add this investigation to the one carried by the NFL about the Bengals hiding Joe Burrow's real injury from their injury reports (clearly breaching the league rules) and you can say it's been an eventful week for the league.
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