"I'm from Cleveland. I know Browns fans. They're rabid fans, and they love their team," Fletcher said, via Marc Sessler of NFL.com "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."
It's hard out there for fans of opposing teams. There were kids in the Fletcher group and Evette Robinson, Fletcher's 57-year-old aunt who was apparently hospitalized with "neck injuries and stuff like that."
Additionally, Fletcher said his 13-year-old cousin "was hit in the face prior to the game."
"It's my understanding from the moment they got out of their car, [my family members] were harassed by Browns 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."
Details will continue to come out about this, and Fletcher described it as an "ongoing legal situation." But barring some stunningly different version of what went down (like, Fletcher's family harassing Browns fans or something?), Cleveland fans should be ashamed of themselves.
Football games are rowdy, but a family showing up in the opposing team's colors shouldn't ever equate to automatic harassment. That's sick, and Browns fans should be embarrassed by much more than just their football team today.
Originally posted by Will Brinson on CBSSports.com