According to a Cleveland television station, a Browns fan tackled an 8-year-old Jets fan following Cleveland's loss on Sunday.
The mom of the child said that after the Jets pulled off a 26-20 overtime win over the Browns, the young Jets fan was tackled by an older Cleveland fan in a Muni Lot - a city-operated parking lot. The child's ankle was scraped and bruised as a result of the assault.
The mother, identified in the story only as Danielle, said that after her child was knocked loose from holding his father's hand by the tackle, the family opted to leave the stadium instead of calling the police.
Danielle told WEWS that the fans inside the stadium were respectful toward her son. It wasn't until the family left the game that the fans became aggressive, starting with calling her husband and son "a bad word," then the attack.
Neal Gulkis, the Browns vice president of media relations, told the station that the incident was "unfortunate and disappointing."
Update, 5:36 p.m. (The following is information from the AP): The Cleveland Browns have reached out and expressed their concern to the father of an 8-year-old boy who was wearing a New York Jets jersey when he was allegedly tackled by a drunken fan following Sunday’s game.
A team spokesman said the Browns contacted the boy’s family on Wednesday and offered “anything we can do” after hearing about the “unfortunate” incident.
The youngster, who attended New York’s overtime win with his dad, reportedly scraped and bruised ankle after being struck by the older fan in a parking lot near Cleveland Browns Stadium. The boy’s mother wrote a letter to The Plain Dealer in Cleveland detailing what happened.
The Browns have successfully cracked down on fan misconduct inside their stadium this season.