An eight-year-old Jets fan was tackled by a drunken Browns supporter in a parking lot following Sunday’s game. Seriously. This is real.
The New York Post is reporing that the boy’s mother said her son attended the game with his father, who is from New York. While not harassed inside Browns Stadium during the Jets victory, the scene turned ugly once they left.
“As he was walking, holding my son’s hand, a guy from behind tackled him. A drunken Browns fan tackled him and pulled him out of his dad’s hand. He was on the ground crying,” the mother said.
She said her son’s ankle was scraped and bruised, but her husband opted not to call police, choosing instead to leave as soon as possible.
Browns vice president of media relations Neal Gulkis said team officials were looking into the situation, which he called unfortunate.
“One thing Browns President Mike Holmgren said when he got here was home-field advantage and a fan-friendly environment is very important,” Gulkis said.
The Muni Lots outside the stadium are operated by the city. Cleveland parks and recreation director Michael Cox told WEWS behavior by drunken fans is one reason that the city stopped opening the lots at 4:00am on game days.