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A fan was arrested for assault after allegedly throwing a water bottle and punching Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam late in the team’s loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.
Jeffrey Miller, 51, was captured during stadium video surveillance throwing the bottle, according to Cleveland police.
The Jets had just scored a touchdown with 22 seconds left in the competition on a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to receiver Garrett Wilson when Haslam was seen on video getting hit by the bottle as he headed into a tunnel end zone.
The Browns owner stopped and pointed in the direction the bottle had been thrown from.
Miller initially ignored officers asking him to stop, according to the police report. When he was arrested, Miller told police the projectile “never hit the pitch” as he was escorted to a holding room inside the stadium.
He was later booked and held in the Cuyahoga County Jail. Police said Miller appeared 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 top priority in our building and behavior that puts others at risk will not be tolerated,” said team spokesman Peter Jean-Baptiste.
“Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident and as standard practice we have been cooperating with law enforcement authorities and the security video footage of the object being thrown is in the proper hands,” he said. he continued.
The team reportedly intends to ban Miller from FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Browns led 30-17 with 1:55 to go before the Jets scored 14 points in one minute for won the 31-30 victory.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Editor’s Note: An early version of this story said that Mr. Miller has been charged, but according to the Cleveland Police Department, no charges have been filed.