A fan was arrested for throwing a plastic bottle that hit Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam near the end of Sunday’s 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 disobedience to authorities. The stadium’s video surveillance system would have captured the moment Miller threw the water bottle, so he could be traced.
After the Jets scored a touchdown on Joe Flacco’s pass to rookie Garrett Wilson with 22 seconds left, Haslam is seen walking toward the tunnel in the end zone at FirstEnergy Stadium when he is hit by a shot.
Haslam stops and points in the direction the bottle came from.
According to the police report, Miller did not initially stop when asked by officers to do so. When Miller was arrested, he told police “the shot never hit the field” as he was escorted to a storage room inside the stadium.
He was subsequently booked and booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail.
In the report, police said Miller appeared to be intoxicated.
The Browns plan to ban Miller from the stadium, a person familiar with the team’s decision told The Associated Press. The man spoke on condition of anonymity as the legal process continues.
A few hours before the team released a statement condemning the supporter’s behavior.
“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. “Fortunately no one was injured in the incident and as usual we have been co-operating with the security authorities.” The video showing the object being thrown was put into the right hands.”
“We have no further comments on the matter.
The Browns led 30-17 with 1:55 left before allowing 14 points in the final minute and suffering a heartbreaking loss.
After the game, star Myles Garrett criticized the fans who stayed until the end and booed them.
In 2001, a game in Cleveland was stopped in the final seconds after angry fans threw multiple plastic bottles onto the field – and at the referees – following a controversial decision in a loss to Jacksonville.
The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.