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Jets offer to bring eight-year-old’s family to New York for game, but family declines

In response to the allegation that Browns fans roughed up an eight-year-old Jets fan who attended Sunday’s game between the two teams in Cleveland, the Jets have offered to bring the boy and his family to New York for a game.

According to WEWS-TV, the family has declined.

Jets’ executive V.P. of business operations Matt Higgins saw the story, and he contacted the family with an offer from the team to fly them to New York and to host them in a suite at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The family opted against the opportunity, explaining that they are “done with the story,” and that they simply want the city-owned parking lot in which the incident occurred to be safer.

Kudos to the Jets for making a generous offer.  Our guess is that the family wants to avoid the kind of publicity that ultimately could force them to move out of Cleveland.

Especially if there’s even the slightest possibility that any of the facts have been in any way embellished.

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43 Responses to “Jets offer to bring eight-year-old’s family to New York for game, but family declines”
  1. Florio's Lawyer says: Nov 17, 2010 2:36 PM

    “Especially if there’s even the slightest possibility that any of the facts have been in any way embellished.”

    So you’re implying they may have lied about the whole thing?

    Slow day for page hits so you invent another flame bait spin article out of thin air?

  2. citizenstrange says: Nov 17, 2010 2:40 PM

    A family that refuses to exploit their children … Will wonders never cease? Well done.

  3. cjspiller12 says: Nov 17, 2010 2:41 PM

    Maybe they declined because the story is a bunch of BS!!! Couldn’t never see this happening without the father doing something to the guy that tackled his kid……..something is not right with this story!!

  4. thepurp1 says: Nov 17, 2010 2:41 PM

    Anytime you go to a game you always see at least one bad apple, doesn’t matter what city or state your in, it’s a shame that this possibly took place and by no way is unique to Cleveland.

  5. superdons says: Nov 17, 2010 2:43 PM

    Classy on both sides.

  6. nokoolaidcowboy says: Nov 17, 2010 2:44 PM

    Probably declined because it’s another “Boy in the balloon” story. His kid gets tackled and not only does he not handle it, he doesn’t call the police. Also, no other fans stepped to call the drunken douche bag out?

    Ok, you buy that line!

  7. doodlesmack says: Nov 17, 2010 2:44 PM

    WOW!

    Why add that last lil paragraph to the story. There you go reading into things again, trying to make something out of nothing!

    The Jets made the offer, the family turned it down and gave their reasoning. Who are you to say differently? Are you that cynical in life? If so, I feel sorry for Florio Jr

  8. tombrookshire says: Nov 17, 2010 2:46 PM

    As if anyone could be “forced” to move out of that toilet.

  9. NoHomeTeam says: Nov 17, 2010 2:47 PM

    “Especially if there’s even the slightest possibility that any of the facts have been in any way embellished.”

    Really, Mike? You just had to get that little bit of snark in there?

  10. muchmaligned says: Nov 17, 2010 2:47 PM

    Not everyone wants to be a phucking “celebrity.” Not everyone wants to be a star-phucker. Why is that so hard f0r you media trash to understand?

  11. bbb82 says: Nov 17, 2010 2:54 PM

    Maybe he isn’t a Jets fan anymore.

  12. jradeff says: Nov 17, 2010 2:58 PM

    “Especially if there’s even the slightest possibility that any of the facts have been in any way embellished.”

    The drunk man did not tackle the kid, he simply stumbled and fell into the kid knocking the boy over. The boy was checked out by someone and the father of the boy declined to contact the police to file a report.

    The initial report of the Browns fan tackling the kid was blown up by the media to make Cleveland look bad.

  13. realitypolice says: Nov 17, 2010 2:59 PM

    I smell B.S.

    First, no police involvement. Who watches their 8 year old son get physically assaulted and doesn’t do anything about it?

    Also- an adult “tackles” an 8 year old in a parking lot and the kid walks away with a tiny road burn on his ankle?

    I have a feeling that the family’s version of events was wildly exagerrated by them so it would sound better when they contacted the newspaper, and now they fear the closer scrutiny that would come if they played this out any longer than they already have.

    As we found out with “balloon boy” 8 year olds make very poor liars.

  14. realitypolice says: Nov 17, 2010 3:01 PM

    muchmaligned says:
    Nov 17, 2010 2:47 PM
    Not everyone wants to be a phucking “celebrity.” Not everyone wants to be a star-phucker. Why is that so hard f0r you media trash to understand?
    =============

    I guess it would be hard to understand in this particular case since it was the family who contacted the newspaper, sent the photos of the boy’s ankle to them and then granted an interview with a television station.

  15. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 says: Nov 17, 2010 3:03 PM

    muchmaligned says:
    Nov 17, 2010 2:47 PM
    Not everyone wants to be a phucking “celebrity.” Not everyone wants to be a star-phucker. Why is that so hard f0r you media trash to understand?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………….

    Well Said!!!!

  16. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2010 says: Nov 17, 2010 3:05 PM

    While I do see the families side of this ,not wanting to have it carried on any longer and not gain stuff from it , I thinking they haven’t seen pics of the suites in the new Bldg . F’n amazing ,might have to reconsider??

  17. raiderchile says: Nov 17, 2010 3:08 PM

    Since the father didn’t go to the cops and he refused this offer, I bet the father started the who thing and was intoxicated himself. I’ve seen lots of drunken fathers at football game it’s such a shame!

    If the Jets could fly me and my boys, I’ll take that any day and I’m not a Jets fan!

    Go for the Jets.

  18. semperfi24 says: Nov 17, 2010 3:14 PM

    I have to agree with the idea that something isnt right about this story. No man would just walk away after a grown man delivered a James Harrison to his 8 year old son in a parking lot. He might have been smart enough to restrain himself from fighting (after all fighting in the other teams parking lot isnt smart, it’s 60,000 – 1 in the other guys favor). But not even going to security to point out the perpetrator???

    And why do the Jets have to make this right? The Browns should be the ones offering to make it right. Class move by the Jets, but it doesnt pass the smell test about the kid getting tackled

  19. boycottfootballcom says: Nov 17, 2010 3:19 PM

    are these the same fans that CHEER when their OWN players get injured??

    yes

  20. snarkygurl says: Nov 17, 2010 3:26 PM

    I didn’t believe this story from the beginning. What parent sees their child get assaulted and doesn’t A) kick someone’s azz and then B) file a report?? Oh no, this family’s first reaction is to contact the MEDIA!

    Not bashing (honest!), but it’s stories like this that give both Cleveland and Jets fans alike a bad reputation. It’s a darn shame too because I’m sure this family isn’t a true representative of either.

  21. blackglass3 says: Nov 17, 2010 3:27 PM

    Maybe the mom didn’t want to be sexually harrassed by Jets fans.

    And, child services should probably get involved…raising your son to be a Jets fan. It’s like telling him to ignore school or join a gang.

  22. snarkygurl says: Nov 17, 2010 3:30 PM

    semperfi24 says:
    And why do the Jets have to make this right? The Browns should be the ones offering to make it right. Class move by the Jets, but it doesnt pass the smell test about the kid getting tackled
    =================
    Great point! Where’s the Browns organization?

  23. blastfurniss says: Nov 17, 2010 3:31 PM

    Browns fans can back me up on this one. The area this event happened in is a crowded area before and after games. Certainly some witnesses would come forward to back up the family’s claim.

    It certainly sounds like something that could happen. Mix a day of boozing it up with a painful loss and people will act like idiots. If an adult decided to take the loss out on a kid then they deserve a James Harrison style shot to the head. I attended my first Browns game in 1982 when I was 12 and a dude tried to sell me heroin in the bathroom so weird things happen at Browns games.

    But while this “happened” at a Browns game it could have happened anywhere. NFL stadium are not the friendliest places for fans of opposing teams to attend and they are usually not family friendly places either.

  24. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 17, 2010 3:36 PM

    all kinds of evidence you’re a lawyer in lots of these stories, Florio…..but hey…

  25. muchmaligned says: Nov 17, 2010 3:37 PM

    @reality police,

    So, does your assertion that this family inflamed a fairly innocuous situation suggest that my sentiment is invalid? It does not. Not everyone wants to be on TV. Not everyone wants to exploit their kids to get their “15 minutes.” Not everyone needs to add in their 2 cents. Not everyone is willing to whore themselves for financial gain. There are still some decent (modest) Americans left. How do we know the wife isn’t the one who sought to capitalize on this non-event? Either way, my point still stands. You can go back to watching Jersey Shore or Dancing With The Stars or whatever. Didn’t mean to interrupt your vicarious ascent.

  26. ptcraddock says: Nov 17, 2010 3:38 PM

    Hey little buddy, if you wear the visiting team’s jersey to an NFL game, you run the risk of skinned knee. Never too early to learn to keep your head on a swivel.

  27. fanbulance says: Nov 17, 2010 3:46 PM

    Before I even read the details of this story, I knew it had to be in the Muni lot. We visited Cleveland last month for the Falcons game. All over town and inside the stadium, folks could not have been nicer to us. But the crowd in the Muni lot were so nasty that we left a tailgate party we had been invited to and will never return. Razzing is one thing but throwing things and yelling obscenities and racial remarks are way over the line. The lot needs to be shut down!

  28. everybodygotaids says: Nov 17, 2010 3:57 PM

    And why do the Jets have to make this right? The Browns should be the ones offering to make it right. Class move by the Jets, but it doesnt pass the smell test about the kid getting tackled
    ___________

    Even though the kid is only 8, the Jets have a new program in place to take every fan to a game at the new stadium as an apology for the last 40 years of embarassment. Eventually, they’ll all get to go to a game, although by the time they get to the last ones, they’ll be apologizing for 50 years of embarassment.

  29. averagewhitegirl says: Nov 17, 2010 4:01 PM

    As a mom if someone touched my kid I would turn into a momma grizzly and defend regardless of circumstances. I can’t imagine a father not doing the same.

    The kid probably got tripped up by angry Browns fans and after the story got told a few times it turned into an attack.

  30. 4sacroc says: Nov 17, 2010 4:05 PM

    The Jets have the most idiotic PR staff in the league.

    Why the hell would a family of Cleveland Browns fans want to travel to that dump in NY to watch another team play?

    The Jets should fly the kid to a Browns game of HIS choice and Jets should pick up the tab.

  31. ocdn says: Nov 17, 2010 4:05 PM

    I’m neither a Jets nor a Browns fan. If this story is false and the family was looking for cheap publicity, than the parents need to be held accountable and punished and/or fined. If, however, the story was true and some idiot did attack an 8 year old for wearing the opposite teams jersey, than this coward should be put in jail and throw away the keys. I hope there were cameras in the area to help identify this low life and bring him to justice. This moron puts a black eye on all the descent fans that attend football games through out the country that wear their teams colors in the spirit of true sportsmanship, even at the opposing teams site.

  32. ejtowne says: Nov 17, 2010 4:12 PM

    I always looked at Cleveland fans as real good down to earth family type people, but there is always one as-hole that screws it up and makes the city look like sh-t. If it was my son in the incident, I’d of done the same exact thing, keep it out of the media. Good parents.

  33. skleech22 says: Nov 17, 2010 4:17 PM

    The 8 year old Jets fan was no other than DEAN VERNON WORMER!!!!

  34. pcreno says: Nov 17, 2010 4:22 PM

    As a long time Raiders season ticket holder I have seen some heinous attacks. This story doesn’t make any sense because tackling any child in Oakland would get you shanked. I don’t think the Oakland PD could protect you (Bart police maybe). I seriously doubt that Cleveland is much different.

  35. realitypolice says: Nov 17, 2010 4:30 PM

    muchmaligned says:
    Nov 17, 2010 3:37 PM
    @reality police,

    So, does your assertion that this family inflamed a fairly innocuous situation suggest that my sentiment is invalid? It does not. Not everyone wants to be on TV. Not everyone wants to exploit their kids to get their “15 minutes.” Not everyone needs to add in their 2 cents. Not everyone is willing to whore themselves for financial gain. There are still some decent (modest) Americans left. How do we know the wife isn’t the one who sought to capitalize on this non-event? Either way, my point still stands. You can go back to watching Jersey Shore or Dancing With The Stars or whatever. Didn’t mean to interrupt your vicarious ascent.

    =================

    WTF are you talking about? What about my comment would indicate I watch “dancing with the stars” or “jersey shore”?!?!?!?!?

    Of all the lame insults that have been hurled at me on this site, that is the lamest and most pathetic. What the hell does it even mean?

    Of course my reponse invalidated your point. Your point was the family didn’t want attention. I pointed out that it was the family that contacted the press.

    Pretty simple to understand for the less retarded amongst us. Sorry you don’t qualify.

    “Vicarious Ascent”? ROFLMAO.

  36. prior0knowledge says: Nov 17, 2010 4:34 PM

    I’ll bet the truth is something in between…. Like some drunk Browns fan razzing the family about the jersey and then falls into the kid, gets embarassed and runs off… afterwards, after thinking about it, the father decides it wasn’t an accident and the man deliberately tackled the boy.

    That would explain the father’s lack of action until later, and deciding not to capitalize any further because he still has doubt the man deliberately tackled his son.

    Just sayin’

  37. bdrunk says: Nov 17, 2010 4:38 PM

    4sacroc says:
    Nov 17, 2010 4:05 PM
    The Jets have the most idiotic PR staff in the league.

    Why the hell would a family of Cleveland Browns fans want to travel to that dump in NY to watch another team play?

    The Jets should fly the kid to a Browns game of HIS choice and Jets should pick up the tab.
    ————————
    The kid and his family are Jets fans that attended Sunday’s game in Cleveland.

  38. metalhead65 says: Nov 17, 2010 4:46 PM

    wow this is low even for you florio.so now you not only can say whatever you want and make up stories about players but your including fans now?maybe the father will make it right by punching you out.

  39. deanvernonwormer says: Nov 17, 2010 4:50 PM

    If this story emanated from New England there’s no way it would be false. Those fans in Boston are the lowest lump of whale shyt in the ocean depths. South Boston Fenway Pok lowlifes.

    Dean Wormer

  40. nuckingfutz4thejets says: Nov 17, 2010 5:22 PM

    4sacroc, reading is fundamental.

    Good for the Jets front office to try and make this right. A poster mentioned earlier that the guy may have accidentally fell into the boy, not an all-out assault as reported in this story. That seems more likely, considering the dad didn’t involve the police or take matters into his own hands.

  41. pftisbecominglame says: Nov 17, 2010 7:36 PM

    4sacroc says: Nov 17, 2010 4:05 PM

    The Jets have the most idiotic PR staff in the league.

    Why the hell would a family of Cleveland Browns fans want to travel to that dump in NY to watch another team play?

    The Jets should fly the kid to a Browns game of HIS choice and Jets should pick up the tab.
    ===================================

    Wow. Really? How about rereading the story there, chief?

  42. trickbunny says: Nov 17, 2010 8:34 PM

    ha ha… it’s becoming more and more obvious that the initial story of some poor little 8 year old being “tackled” or “roughed up” is fabricated or, at very least, greatly exaggerated.

    …and that is *really* pissing off the people who desperately feel like they need something to rag on Cleveland or the Browns organization for.

    All these “stay classy, Cleveland” morons are whining about something that it’s becoming obvious isn’t even true. At least not as the story was originally reported.

    Stay gullible, morons! :)

  43. muchmaligned says: Nov 17, 2010 8:37 PM

    @reality police,

    That was not my point. My point was stated several times and in several fashions. I apologize for using terms with which you are unfamiliar. Everything about all of your posts suggests that you are intellectually lazy and common. Now, get back to watching Skating With The Stars or The Bachelorette or whatever.

    @averagwhiteblahblah,

    The next broad to use the term “momma grizzly” should be eviscerated by an actual Mama Grizzly.

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