Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is a Cleveland native, so when he played against the Browns on Sunday, he had a whole lot of friends and family in the stands. Unfortunately, things got ugly when multiple members of Fletcher’s family were involved in an altercation with Browns fans.
Now Fletcher is lobbing an accusation at the Browns that makes this situation even uglier: Fletcher says it was the Browns’ security staff, people who are paid to keep things safe in the stadium, who caused the incident on Sunday.
“What led to the whole ruckus was something that happened with stadium security,” Fletcher told reporters today. “As opposed to defusing the situation, they were more instigators. They didn’t defuse the situation. It wasn’t even with the fans at that point in time. I think one of the stadium workers, he went overboard with what his job responsibilities were.”
Fletcher’s accusations are serious, and both the Browns and the NFL should investigate. It’s bad enough that the stands at NFL games are filled with drunks getting into fistfights. If the very security personnel whose job it is to defuse such situations are the ones starting the incidents, that’s a major problem. Every fan who enters every NFL stadium deserves better.