Browns reportedly banning fan who tossed beverage at Jimmy Haslam


The Browns are reportedly moving to bar a spectator from FirstEnergy Stadium after they were seen throwing a beverage that struck team owner Jimmy Haslam late in their Week 2 loss to the Jets.

The team has identified the fan and will hand the culprit a lifetime ban from their games, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

In video apparently taken by Pelissero, Haslam can be seen leaving the field area for the tunnel when an object comes flying toward him from the stands. Haslam then points into the crowd while being surrounded by security guards.

In a statement, a Browns spokesperson said such behavior would not be tolerated.

“Fan, player and staff safety is the top priority in our building and behavior that puts others in danger will not be tolerated. Luckily no one was harmed in this incident and as a standard practice, we’ve cooperated with law enforcement authorities and security video footage of the object being thrown is in the appropriate hands. We will have no further comment on this matter.”

Haslam was leaving the field after the Jets scored a game-tying touchdown with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. They took a 1-point lead on the ensuing extra point, which proved to be the final margin of victory.

For the Browns, the defeat marked a stunning late-game collapse in which they squandered a 13-point lead in the final two minutes of the game.

Browns fans were understandably devastated, but that doesn't excuse the unruly spectator's dangerous stunt.

The incident marked at least two other similar situations in the early weeks of the new season.

In Week 1, at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, a fan appeared to throw trash at Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott on his way into the locker room after he suffered a hand injury that later required surgery.

In Week 2, police in Las Vegas were investigating after Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was struck in the face while celebrating with fans following Arizona's overtime win over the Raiders.

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