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.”