Cleveland police arrest Rocky River man, accuse him of heaving water bottle at Jimmy Haslam

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Rocky River man has been arrested and accused of throwing a water bottle that hit Browns owner Jimmy Haslam after the New York Jets scored on their last possession Sunday.

The 51-year-old, who has not been charged in Cleveland Municipal Court, was accused of assault, disorderly conduct and failure to comply with a direct order. The team plans to ban the fan.

Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer reached out to the man, and a person answering the phone said he was not available.

The incident became national news after NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero caught the moment on video after filming Garrett Wilson’s touchdown catch in the final seconds of Sunday’s loss to the Jets, 31-30. As he was panning across the crowd on the west side of the stadium, Pelissero found Haslam walking into the home locker room tunnel. He appears to get hit with an object on the right side of his body

In a Cleveland police report filed Tuesday afternoon, officers said the Rocky River man was spotted heaving the plastic bottle on video surveillance from Section 138 of FirstEnergy Stadium. Officers alerted others throughout the complex of the man’s description.

An officer spotted him leaving the stadium later and told him to stop. The man refused, according to a police report. Security officers finally grabbed him and detained him.

Officers said the man appeared drunk and told them that his bottle “never hit the field,” according to the report.

After the play, Haslam, who was on the field, walked slowly toward the locker room amid stunned and angry fans. He was struck by the bottle, prompting him to look into the stands and point, according to Pelissero’s video.

“Fan, player and staff safety is the top priority in our building and behavior that puts others in danger will not be tolerated,” the team said in a statement. “Luckily no one was harmed in this incident and as a standard practice, we’ve cooperated with law enforcement authorities and security video footage of the object being thrown is in the appropriate hands. We will have no further comment on this matter.”

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