Cleveland Browns Intend To Ban The Fan Who Threw A Bottle That Struck Owner Jimmy Haslam
After the Browns suffered a head scratching 31-30 upset loss to the New York Jets, a fan at the game was arrested and booked on three misdemeanor charges of alleged misdemeanor assault, failure to comply with a lawful order and disorderly conduct. The arrest was related to an incident that occurred after the game-tying touchdown reception by Jets rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam was making his way back towards the Browns tunnel, when he was suddenly hit in the leg with a bottle. The owner then immediately began pointing in the direction of someone up in the stands. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the Browns have identified the alleged suspect and plan on imposing a ban, which would prohibit the fan from attending further Browns games at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pelissero also states that the Browns are fully cooperating with the police.
The Browns issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the incident, emphasizing that safety for all players, fans, and staff personnel is its top priority and that they will not tolerate actions that put anyone in danger under any circumstance.
“Fan, player and staff safety is the top priority in our building and behavior that puts others in danger will not be tolerated. Luckily no one was harmed in this incident and as a standard practice, we’ve cooperated with law enforcement authorities and security video footage of the object being thrown is in the appropriate hands. We will have no further comment on this matter.”
Reports from Cleveland Police say that the suspect “appeared to be intoxicated” as he was making his way out of FirstEnergy Stadium.
NFL has more HERE.
This is not the only recent incident of a fan’s misconduct after the conclusion of a football game. According to ESPN, the Las Vegas Police Department announced on Monday that it is conducting another investigation into the alleged incident of a fan striking Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray and the Cardinals came away with an upset win over the Las Vegas Raiders in overtime after being down 20-0. Sports Anchor Cameron Cox posted a video of the alleged incident on social media.
After securing the game-winning fumble return that resulted in a touchdown, Murray can be seen running to a row of fans with Cardinals jerseys and giving people high-fives. A spectator, wearing a gray shirt, can be seen reaching up and over and connecting an open hand smack to Murray’s face.
Read more about it HERE.