The Browns’ statement on the passing of former owner Art Modell was brief to the point of perfunctory.
Their fans might not be so kind Sunday.
While short on details of how they’re going to do so, the Browns said Friday they planned to have an appropriate recognition of Modell prior to Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
“We’re trying strike the right balance,” Browns spokesman Neal Gulkis said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “We want to show respect and dignity for Modell’s family, the community and the fans.”
This is a tricky spot for the Browns to be in.
There’s little doubt a moment of silence wouldn’t be observed by everyone in the crowd, many of whom will never forgive Modell for moving his team to Baltimore in 1996.
That’s why the Browns have consulted with the league on how best to handle it, before deciding to do something, in hopes it doesn’t trigger an ugly or disrespectful scene.