BEREA, Ohio – The Browns said in a statement Tuesday that they are cooperating with law enforcement after team owner Jimmy Haslam was hit by what appeared to be a plastic water bottle thrown from the stands following an award-winning catch by Gates receiver Garrett Wilson. Sunday.
A source confirmed to cleveland.com that the team plans to ban the fan that threw the bottle.
“The safety of our fans, players and staff is the highest priority in our construction and we will not tolerate our behavior that puts others at risk,” the team said in a statement. “Fortunately no one was harmed in this incident and as usual practice we have cooperated with law enforcement and security video footage of the thing thrown into the proper hands. We will have no further comment on this matter.”
Tom Network NFL Bellisero captured the moment on video After filming Wilson’s Landing Grab. As he navigates the crowd on the west side of the stadium, Hassan can be seen walking into the home’s locker room tunnel and appears to have been hit on the right side of his body.
Hassan is seen in the video stopping and pointing to the place from which the bottle was thrown and continuing into the tunnel.
Brown lost Sunday’s game, 31-30, leading by 13 points with 1:55 in the game. NFL teams have won their last 2,229 consecutive games when they topped by at least 13 points in the last two minutes before Brown blew their lead, first on a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Corey Davis followed by a side kick that led to a recovery. To catch Wilson’s landing.
The surprise advance was accompanied by boos from the 67,431 fans who attended the opening game at home, a reaction that rubbed off defensive end Miles Jarrett the wrong way.
“I mean the most frustrating thing was the booing at the end,” Garrett said after the match. “It wasn’t the perfect finish we wanted. Of course we want to win. Of course we wanted to play the game and it’s 30-16 or 30-17 or whatever, we get a pick or a bag of clothes and we finish the game. But that’s not always how it goes. These guys They’re still putting their asses on the line and playing as hard as they can, and they should be respected as such.”
This isn’t the first incident, of course, involving Browns and Bottle fans. Fans sent fluttering bottles at officials towards the end of a game against Jacksonville on December 16, 2001, after officials revised and canceled a full fourth-place pass late in the game that had repercussions for the playoff. It appears that the decision to review the play came after the hijacker in the next play.
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