Fletcher told the NFL Network that his 57-year-old aunt, Evette Robinson, was hospitalized for “neck injuries”, and also that his 13-year-old cousin was punched before the game.
Three of Fletcher’s family member have been arrested over the confrontations, and Fletcher was disappointed in security for escalating a situation rather than calming. It leaves a bitter taste for what should have been a happy affair, with Fletcher getting a win in his first return to Cleveland for an NFL game.
“I’m from Cleveland, I know Browns fans. They’re rabid fans, and they love their team,” Fletcher told “NFL AM” on Monday. “But I guess in the stadium, (my family members) were being harassed. The situation that led to people being arrested was stadium security. One of the stadium security guys assaulted one of my family members. So instead of defusing the situation, he escalated the situation. It wasn’t the fans that they had the altercation with in the stadium. It was Browns stadium security.”
The family not only were harassed by security, but were harassed by Browns fans from the moment they got out of their car.
“It’s my understanding from the moment they got out of their car, they were harassed by Browns fans and things like that — even all the way up into the stadium,” Fletcher said. “I had a 13-year-old cousin who was hit in the face prior to the game. This was going into the game, I guess, in the tailgate area. So a lot of harassment that took place prior to the game and during the course of the game.”
Fletcher was understandably disheartened by the incident. It must come at great odds with the elation Fletcher must feel, now that the Redksins now lead the NFC East and are in control of their own destiny.
“It put a major damper on my return going home to play in the city that I love,” he said. “I grew up loving the Cleveland Browns and love the city of Cleveland. I’m not happy about what happened, because it put a damper on my return in what was otherwise a great day for us.”
Here’s hoping no one was seriously injured in the incident, and that if Fletcher ever returns to Cleveland for a game, his family will be treated with a bit more respect.