Posted December 17, 2012

London Fletcher: Browns stadium security, fans assaulted family members

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Redskins linebacker London Fletcher accused Cleveland Browns Stadium security of escalating an incident involving family members. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

London Fletcher accused Cleveland Browns Stadium security of escalating an incident involving family members. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Three relatives of Redskins linebacker London Fletcher reportedly were arrested and another family member suffered a neck injury after an altercation with Browns fans and security after Sunday’s game in Cleveland, according to a report by WEWS TV/Newsnet5.

Fletcher, a Cleveland native, told NFL.com his 13-year-old cousin was punched, family members assaulted and his aunt was hospitalized — while also accusing Cleveland Browns Stadium security staff of escalating the incident.

“I’m from Cleveland. I know Browns fans. They’re rabid fans and they love their team,” Fletcher said, “but I guess in the stadium, (my family was) being harassed. The situation that led to people being arrested was stadium security. One of the stadium security guys assaulted one of my family members. So instead of diffusing the situation, he escalated the situation.”

Nita Ashford, a relative of Fletcher and a Cleveland school teacher, told WEWS TV her family was attacked by angry Browns fans as they left Sunday’s game.

The family said Cleveland police used Tasers during the altercation that resulted in two of Fletcher’s cousins, Hasaan Robinson and Douglas Robinson, along with an 18-year-old nephew, being arrested by Tenable Security officers, according to the family.

“It’s my understanding from the moment they got out of their car, (my family members) were harassed by Brown fans and things like that, even all the way up into the stadium,” Fletcher said. “(I) had a 13-year-old cousin who was hit in the face prior to the game. … He wasn’t hurt like that, he is OK.”


19 comments
dchunter
dchunter

For anyone to say that anybody deserves to be abused, harassed, beaten, etc. for going to a "GAME," and that they asked for it, is an idiot, i.e. konandy.  It's a game.  I love when I go to an opposing stadium or some other fan from an opposing team comes to my team's stadium, and the home team  fans act like they are the ones going on the field and they are the ones going to play.  If this is what you live for, you need to truly find more meaning in your life. Badgering and harassing in good fun is part of the game.  It's the idiots that take it to the next level that take the fun out of it.  

konandy
konandy

Well, if you're dumb enough to go into a Browns game wearing redskins attire you can blame nobody but yourself. Thatsall there is to it. I'm also quite sure fletcher left out what part his "little johnnies" actually did to start it all.

AlanSawyer
AlanSawyer

London Fletcher and Garcon acted like a bunch of idiots during the game. They are lucky they didn't get nailed in the head with dog biscuits and batteries.

Seattle
Seattle

Good thing it wasn't in SF, they would've ended up dead.  Fletcher should be arrested for family abuse anyway letting his family anywhere near the mistake on the lake.

jfoster13
jfoster13

We're playing the Eagles next so I hope you guys don't upset the Eagle fans by calling Cleveland fans the worst.  Philly does have its pride.

jweller3
jweller3

Nothing is surprising about this story.  Cleveland fans have always had the reputation of being the rudest and most harassing in the league.  They think if you're wearing the opposing teams colors, you're open game for starting a fight.

jomodamusicman
jomodamusicman

If I was a professional Black Athlete, I would have to obtain a private booth& Body Guards for my family members and if there was no private booth available for them, I WOULD NOT LET THEM GO TO THE GAMES.  THE STADIUMS ARE FULL OF DRUNK RED NECKS WHO WILL SAY & DO ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY TO BLACK FAMILY MEMBERS OF ATHLETES AND BLACKS JUST ATTENDING THE GAMES

BudGenovese
BudGenovese

 @Seattle Cleveland fans are pretty decent. I have been to Seattle, SF, Oakland, Baltimore and many Cleveland games. The safest is Cleveland & Baltimore, the worst SF. And Cleveland is doing just fine. Rock Hall, world class; Cleveland Museum of Art is world class, Cleveland Orchestra is #1 in USA per independent sources; Cleveland area is now a health care center of employment with huge and world class Cleveland Clinic. Update your perceptions to 2012, not 1960 when it was not as world class.

snouts
snouts

 @Seattle he's from Ceveland & so is his family. Went to high school there & college too.

BudGenovese
BudGenovese

 @KirkDocWerner Cleveland fans are pretty decent. And Cleveland is doing just fine. Rock Hall, world class; Cleveland Museum of Art is world class, Cleveland Orchestra is #1 in USA per independent sources; Cleveland area is now a health care center of employment with huge and world class Cleveland Clinic. Update your perceptions to 2012, not 1960 when it was not as world class.

BudGenovese
BudGenovese

 @jweller3 Not so, we attend games all over USA, and Browns stadium is one of the safest. That incident was surely not typical. 

SteveMehlman
SteveMehlman

C'mon now, no need to play the race card.

 

I've been in many nasty environments:  Philly, Madison Square Garden, Oakland, etc., and I've found that most of these drunk, fat slobs don't discriminate.  If you aren't for their team, they hate you, period.

Color, gender, age don't matter.

 

In Philly one time, a bunch of idiots started throwing beet cans at a bus carrying (mostly white) hockey fans.  And, trust me, many of the cans were not empty. 

 

Heck, they throw snowballs at Santa Claus in Philly, and last time I checked he was white.

SteveMehlman
SteveMehlman

Oooppps, I meant beer cans, not beet cans. Everyone knows they don't eat veggies in Philadelphia.