During the first week of the season, Cleveland Browns fans watched in horror as all the hype from the offseason didn’t translate to good team play as the Tennessee Titans came in their place and rolled all over them from the 2nd quarter on.
At the tail end of the team’s ugly Week 1 home loss to the Titans, cameras caught a Browns fan throwing beer on a Titans player after he jumped up towards the stands after Baker Mayfield was intercepted.
Here’s that moment Logan got doused:
Cleveland Scene’s Vince Grzegorek explains that a fan that wasn’t even at the game ended up being banned from the stadium for life.
“Eric Smith was going about his morning at the Cleveland Music Group today when he got a call from Bob Sivik, the Cleveland Browns’ Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service.
Sivik, Smith says, informed him that he had been identified as the fan who poured a beer on Titans’ player Logan Ryan during the Browns’ game at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. […] Smith was informed he was banned from the stadium.”
Here’s that fan:
Eric Smith explained that he was a DJ at a wedding at the time of the incident and judging by the video of the beer throwing fan and Eric Smith, the Browns definitely banned the wrong guy.
“”I was at home with my family until 2 when I left for the wedding,” he says.”
None of that seemed to sway Sivik, who told Smith that he had been caught on multiple cameras around the stadium, that the team had matched his tattoos, and that he had bought a ticket. Smith was informed he was banned from the stadium.
Nevermind that Eric Smith is an incredibly common name, or that Eric looks like a million other bearded red-headed men in Cleveland, or that he didn’t buy a ticket, or that HE WASN’T AT THE GAME.
“I said please, please send me the footage,” Smith tells Scene. “And he was like, ‘You don’t have to get defensive if you’re innocent.'”
Here’s the Browns statement: