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Man faces charges for urinating on Art Modell’s grave


A Browns fan that made a video of himself urinating on Art Modell’s grave may find himself in jail as a result of his decision to vent his anger in that manner and share it with the world.

Authorities in Maryland said Tuesday that they will charge the man, whose identity has not been revealed beyond being a Browns fan with disorderly conduct in a cemetery. The charge carries a possible penalty of two years in jail and a $500 fine.

“Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a statement, via the Associated Press. “Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place.”

Modell’s son David thanked the police and prosecutors for their work on the case, adding that being angry at his father for moving the Browns to Baltimore doesn’t give people the right to break the law.

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31 Responses to “Man faces charges for urinating on Art Modell’s grave”
  1. petecarrolmorelikecheatpayroll says: Jul 30, 2014 7:31 AM

    Now, when every future employer googles his name, they’ll know what he did. And they’ll say “No thanks.” And he’ll be stuck at his job counting how many gummi bears go into a bag. Idiot.

  2. karlton3 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:46 AM

    By the time the legal process is over, I’m sure the Browns fan will recognize that he had made a grave mistake.

  3. micknangold says: Jul 30, 2014 7:46 AM

    Being dumb enough to film it should be a crime punishable by at least six months and a fine. Holy mackerel that’s stupid.

  4. guitarkevin says: Jul 30, 2014 7:46 AM

    To all Browns fans. As a Ravens fan I get your anger at the Art and The Ravens.

    Be glad you didn’t lose your team name or histroy like we did in 1983.

  5. chut26 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:49 AM

    You can get 2 years for peeing on a grave? You wouldn’t even get 2 years peeing on a living person

  6. 2blingluvinit says: Jul 30, 2014 7:56 AM

    Lock up that scumbag Brown’s fan and throw away the key.

  7. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 30, 2014 7:57 AM

    Agreed. Lock this piece of trash up. What a classless moron

  8. catfish252 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:03 AM

    That doesn’t say much for the individual involved in this act of disrespect, must have the IQ of a rock. Filming the act makes you even more of a moron.You know his lawyers will try to make it a ‘Freedom of Speech’ type case. A good punishment for this guy is to have him wash headstones every weekend for the next year or something along those lines.

  9. denverdude7 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:12 AM

    What Modell did to the city of Cleveland was wrong.

    What this man did was even worse.

    Give this clown the maximum penalty possible then force him to watch the 1986 AFC Championship Game every day for the rest of his life.

  10. xxravennationxx says: Jul 30, 2014 8:21 AM

    Okie dokie Dr Jones

  11. ftball101 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:23 AM

    As a long time Cleveland fan, this was completely embarrassing and disgusting. I apologize to Ravens fans for the extremely small minority of our fans who act like this. He deserves to go to jail.

  12. idpfantasyfootball says: Jul 30, 2014 8:34 AM

    Will prosecution serve as a deterrant, or to further publicize this incident which will result in copycat offenders?

  13. cpitch12 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:38 AM

    Theres a fine line here that was clearly crossed……Very poor taste and should be prosecuted….

  14. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jul 30, 2014 8:45 AM

    Few, if any, Cleveland fans will agree with this — but Modell wasn’t a bad guy at all. He tried and tried to make it work, and got stiffed — even after the City of Cleveland bent over backwards to please the Cleveland Indians.

    Modell, who by NFL ownership standards, was less than wealthy. By average wage earner, he was doing quite well but not by the standards of his peers. So he was forced to move the team to Baltimore, another passionate football city — that embraced Modell, and the team that would become the Ravens.

    Modell also did something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen from any departing professional owner in any league. Modell graciously let Cleveland keep the name Browns, the colors, etc. — for free.

    Cleveland should look in the mirror if they want to know where to place blame — and find a toilet or a urinal if they want know where to place their urine.

    Steeler Fan (who is not a fan of either team and thus, neutral on these two teams in this context)

  15. sbchampsagain says: Jul 30, 2014 8:51 AM

    Thought that guy was kinda over the top.
    And immature for a 45 year old.
    And dumb for taping himself douing it.
    And idiotic for posting it to youtube.

  16. jamnew44 says: Jul 30, 2014 8:54 AM

    This guy deserves to go to jail for being a stupid piece of trash. This is a good warning for fans of any NFL team. The NFL is a business first. Don’t fall in love with your home town team. Cheer for your team and enjoy the game, but in an age of owners moving teams, holding up cities for new stadiums and violating every antitrust law ever written, it is not healthy to give your heart to something you have no control over. Like it or not, Modell made a business decision on a business he owned.

  17. buccan33rz1976 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:24 AM


  18. officialgame says: Jul 30, 2014 9:35 AM

    Counting Gummi Bears is probably a dream job for a guy that stupid.

  19. godofwine330 says: Jul 30, 2014 9:53 AM

    This goes in the line of, “When keeping it real goes wrong.” I am a Browns fan – a lifelong Browns fan. I wouldn’t have done it, but if I had done it I wouldn’t have made a damned video and posted it on youtube. World’s Dumbest Criminals. He earned it, and may well rest in a cell because of it.

  20. micknangold says: Jul 30, 2014 10:02 AM

    Like it or not, Modell made a business decision on a business he owned.

    I imagine it’s the lying that people are still bitter over. If he’d been upfront I don’t think Cleveland fans would still hate him as much as they do. Am I off-base here, Brownies?

  21. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2014 10:17 AM

    Browns fans have to let this Modell/Baltimore thing go.

    They have a team now and should be happy to have one when others would want one.

    If NCAA players have to be told “a scholarship is enough” Browns fans can be told “enough with Modell already. Let it go and grow up!”

  22. xbam1 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:08 AM

    sure he deserves some jail time but so did Ray Rice…

  23. kingfish2013 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:15 AM

    As a Browns fan, this guy definitely went over the top with this.Especially taping it. Not too smart. I wish I have had run into some of these sympathetic Baltimore fans toward us Browns fans because all the Baltimore fans I have ever met have rubbed in their Super Bowl wins and laughing at us saying sucks to be you. So us Browns fans didn’t just start this resentment all ourselves. A lot of you Baltimore fans have fueled the fire over the years. So political correctness needs to be spread all the way around.

  24. harleyrder02 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:40 AM

    He will get more of a punishment for assaulting a dead man than Ray rice got for knocking out a woman!

  25. iamedreed says: Jul 30, 2014 11:42 AM

    what an efficient use of the state’s resources!!! baltimore is flush with cash lets just burn some more over a crime that in the grand scheme of things isn’t that big of a deal

    if it was anyone else’s grave it wouldn’t be mentioned but because it was the former NFL team’s owner it makes the front page???

  26. melikefootball says: Jul 30, 2014 12:48 PM

    Arty Modell would be ASHAMED of the no action by his man Ozzie and Hairball.

  27. rdrfan says: Jul 30, 2014 1:36 PM

    At least he didn’t do it behind everyone’s back like scum bag Art did. I think what he did is funny and a loyal Browns fan. I give him a thumbs up.

  28. pppath says: Jul 30, 2014 2:07 PM

    Peeing on the grass above a skeleton really isn’t that big a deal. I say a slap on the wrist for being stupid enough to film it and that’s it.

  29. berrisgoodfood says: Jul 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    Wonder if any penalties will trickle down to the guy who filmed it?

  30. rcali says: Jul 30, 2014 3:59 PM

    I’m guessing the “The Baltimore NFL franchise” fans who cheered Ray Rice on his return to the practice field are not the ones all angry at this guy.

  31. tncheese says: Jul 30, 2014 9:21 PM

    I was at the game following Modell’s moving announcement. There were thousands urinating on his picture in every urinal & commode. My prediction is the fans will soon be peeing on pics of Johnny Manziel.

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