Police arrested a Cleveland Browns fan accused of throwing a plastic water bottle at team owner Jimmy Haslam in the waning seconds of Sunday’s home loss to the New York Jets.
The Jets scored a second touchdown after the two-minute warning to tie the game, taking the lead on the ensuing extra point kick. Mr. Haslam can be seen on video walking into an end zone tunnel, with about 22 seconds left in the game.
Haslam was then struck in the leg by the bottle. He pointed in the direction that the projectile was thrown from and notified security.
Jeffrey Miller, 51, of Rocky River, Ohio, was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and failure to comply.
Miller, who police said was apparently intoxicated at the time, refused to cooperate at first, The Associated Press reported. As he was detained, police noted that Miller said “it never hit the field,” according to the wire service.
The Browns plan to ban Miller from the stadium, AP said, citing a source “familiar with the team’s decision.”
“Fan, player and staff safety is the top priority in our building and behavior that puts others in danger will not be tolerated. … We’ve cooperated with law enforcement authorities, and security video footage of the object being thrown is in the appropriate hands,” team spokesperson Peter Jean-Baptiste said, according to NFL.com.