The Jets have reached out to the family of an 8-year-old Jets fan who was allegedly tackled and injured by a Cleveland Browns fan after Sunday’s game in Cleveland.
Team executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins made the offer to fly the boy and his family to a Jets game and host them in a suite with an all-access pass. The family declined, saying they didn’t want any more publicity, but said they could take the Jets up on their offer in the future.
The Jets were reacting to a troubling story out of Cleveland. Danielle Brennan of Painesville, Ohio, said her 8-year-old son – who was wearing a Jets jersey after attending his first game on his birthday – was tackled by an apparently drunk fan in the parking lot after the Jets’ 26-20 overtime victory.
The boy, whose first name has not been released, suffered a scraped and bruised ankle. The parents did not report the incident to police, but Danielle wrote a letter to the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and later gave an interview to TV station WEWS.
"As [my husband] was walking, holding my son's hand, a guy from behind tackled him,” Danielle said. “A drunken Browns fan tackled him and pulled him out of his dad's hand. He was on the ground crying.”
Danielle also wrote in the letter to the editor that her son was subject to taunting during the game, including “an expletive to his face,” and had “hot dogs thrown at him.
“But the worst,” she wrote, “was when he was tackled by a drunken adult male in the parking lot. Yes, tackled! Can you imagine the fear that went through his mind as this buffoon landed on him with full force? . . . Shame on you, Browns fans!”
A Browns spokesman said the team was looking into the incident.