PHOENIX, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) — A father and son were kicked out of a recent Arizona Cardinals preseason game after he gave the teenager a beer to hold while he was taking a picture.
Season ticket holder John Coulter told KPNX-TV that when he handed his son a beer to take a quick picture during Saturday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, two undercover agents from Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control went up to him to say what he just did was illegal.
“I literally handed my son my cup and said, ‘Hold my cup,’” Coulter said. “I reached into my pocket, grabbed my cellphone, put it in camera mode.”
Coulter initially thought it was a joke until the officers told him he could get thrown in jail for what he did.
“What you did was illegal and I could have you arrested for it,” Coulter said while explaining what the officers told him.
Coulter and his 15-year-old son were then escorted out of the University of Phoenix Stadium and given a trespassing citation.
“I normally would support … the police if I heard a story like this. However, in this case, I was standing right there and I witnessed abuse and overzealous pursuing of the situation. It was totally uncalled for,” Coulter told KPNX.
Sgt. Wesley Kuhl of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control said the officers did the right thing.
“Providing alcohol to an underage person or an underage person in possession of alcohol is a class one misdemeanor,” Kuhl said, adding that the consequences could be two years in jail, a $2,500 fine or three years’ probation.