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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Fan arrested for throwing bottle at Browns owner

BERIA, Ohio (AP) — A fan was arrested for throwing a plastic bottle at Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam at the end of Sunday’s game, a 31-30 loss to the New York Jets.

Cleveland police said Tuesday that Jeffrey Miller, 51, of Rocky River, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and disobeying officers. The stadium’s video surveillance system must have captured the moment Miller threw the water bottle, allowing it to be traced.

After the Jets scored a go-ahead touchdown 22 seconds off Garrett Wilson on Joe Flaco’s pass, Haslam can be seen walking towards the tunnel in the end zone of FirstEnergy Stadium when he is hit by a projectile. was.

Haslam stops and points to the direction the bottle came from.

According to the police report, Miller initially did not stop when asked to do so by officers. Once arrested, Miller told police that “the projectile never hit the ground” as it was taken to a holding room inside the stadium.

He was later booked and held in the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Police reported that Miller appeared to be intoxicated.

The Browns intended to ban Miller from the stadium, a person familiar with the team’s decision told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity while the legal process continues.

A few hours ago, the team published a statement in which they condemned the fan’s attitude.

“The safety of fans, players and staff is a priority at our venue, and behavior that puts others at risk will not be tolerated,” said spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste. “Luckily, no one was injured in the incident and as a normal practice, we have cooperated with the security officials. Video footage showing the object being thrown was put into the right hands. ,

“We have no further comment on this matter.”

Brown led 30-17 with 1:55 before allowing 14 points in the final minute and suffered a heart-wrenching defeat.

After the game, star Miles Garrett criticized fans who remained until the end and booed him.

In 2001, a Cleveland game was halted at the last second when enraged fans threw several plastic bottles on the field and at the umpires following a controversial decision to lose to Jacksonville.

The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.

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