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Fan arrested for allegedly throwing bottle at Browns owner

Fan arrested for allegedly throwing bottle at Browns owner
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A fan was arrested for allegedly throwing a plastic water bottle and hitting Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam during the final moments of Sunday’s 31-30 home loss to the New York Jets.

Cleveland police said Tuesday that Jeffrey Miller, 51, of Rocky River, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and failure to comply. Miller was seen on stadium video surveillance throwing the bottle and was followed with cameras.

After the Jets scored the go-ahead touchdown on Joe Flacco’s pass to rookie Garrett Wilson with 22 seconds remaining, Haslam was seen on video walking into an end zone tunnel at FirstEnergy Stadium when he was hit by the projectile.

Haslam stopped and pointed in the direction the bottle had come from.

According to the police report, Miller initially did not stop when officers ordered him to. Once he was arrested, Miller told the police that "never made it to the field" as he was taken to a detention room inside the stadium. He was later booked and booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail.

In the report, police said Miller appeared to be intoxicated.

The Browns intend to ban Miller from the stadium, a person familiar with the team’s decision told The Associated Press. The AP person spoke on condition of anonymity as the legal process unfolds.

Previously, the team issued a statement condemning the indiscipline of the fans.

“The safety of fans, players and staff is the top priority in our building and behavior that puts others at risk will not be tolerated,” spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste said. “Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident and as standard practice we have cooperated with law enforcement authorities and security video footage of the thrown object is in the proper hands.

“We will have no further comment on this matter.”

The Browns were leading 30-17 with 1:55 left before giving up 14 points in a minute and suffering one of the worst losses in team history.

Afterwards, star Myles Garrett criticized the fans who stayed until the end for booing the Browns.

In 2001, a game in Cleveland was stopped in the final moments after angry Browns fans threw plastic bottles onto the field — and at officials — following a controversial decision in a loss to Jacksonville.

The Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

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