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A fan was arrested for assault after he allegedly threw a water bottle and hit Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam near the end of the team’s loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
Jeffrey Miller, 51, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and failure to comply, Cleveland police said Tuesday. He was caught on stadium video surveillance throwing the bottle.
The Jets had just scored a go-ahead touchdown with 22 seconds left in the game on a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to receiver Garrett Wilson when Haslam was seen on video getting hit by the bottle as he walked into a zone tunnel. of annotation
The owner of the Browns stopped and pointed in the direction from which the bottle was thrown.
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Miller initially ignored officers who signaled him to stop, according to the police report. When he was taken into custody, Miller told police the projectile “never hit the field” as he was escorted to a holding room inside the stadium.
He was later booked and booked into the Cuyahoga County Jail. Police said Miller appeared to be intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
The Browns said in a statement that the team will not tolerate fan behavior that puts the safety of others at risk.
“The safety of fans, players and staff is the highest priority in our building and behavior that puts others at risk will not be tolerated,” team spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste said.
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“Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident and as standard practice we have cooperated with law enforcement authorities and the security video footage of the thrown object is in the proper hands,” he continued.
The team reportedly plans to ban Miller from FirstEnergy Stadium.
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The Browns led 30-17 with 1:55 left before the Jets scored 14 points in one minute to clinch the 31-30 victory.
Associated Press contributed to this report.