A Cleveland Browns fan is filing a lawsuit against the team after he was wrongfully accused and then banned for pouring beer on Tennessee Titans players.
A Cleveland Browns fan who was banned from the stadium after being wrongfully accused by the team of pouring beer on Tennessee Titans players during the Week 1 game is now filing a lawsuit against the franchise.
During the Week 1 game against the Titans, a Browns fan poured beer on players on Tennessee’s defense after they celebrated a pick-six by jumping up on the wall behind the end zone.
Titans cornerback Logan Ryan went on to tweet about it the next day, which drew attention to the despicable act and forced the Browns to take action after being contacted by league security — and action they took.
Eric Smith, who claimed he was DJing a wedding at the time of the game and hadn’t attended a Browns game in almost 10 years, was called by the Browns and effectively banned from the stadium after their investigation determined it was him.
The only problem was, the investigation that led the Browns to blame Smith for the act turned out to be wrong. The team then realized it had made a mistake and later called Smith back to apologize, however that apparently was not enough for him.
Smith is now filing a lawsuit against the Browns for their failed identification. He claims he suffered a panic attack and his reputation was damaged, according to John Caniglia of Cleveland.com.
Adding insult to injury, Smith claimed that Browns executive, Bob Sivik, was “rude, short and dismissive” when initially informing him of the ban.
John Baptiste, the Browns senior VP of communications, later called Smith back and apologized after the team realized it was wrong, saying “Our intent was to act swiftly and decisively. Unfortunately we did not do enough homework,” the suit says.