Man banned by Browns for beer-dumping incident claims he wasn’t at game
The strange saga involving how a Cleveland Browns fan dumped beer on a handful of celebrating Tennessee Titans players took another bizarre turn when the man identified as the offender claims to have not attended a game since 2010.
The incident occurred after Malcolm Butler’s pick-six during the Titans’ 43-13 blowout win over the host Browns. As Titans players celebrated, a Browns fan wearing a Baker Mayfield jersey seated nearby was caught on camera dousing them with beer.
The Browns announced Tuesday that the fan in question, once identified, would be banned indefinitely from FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Browns organization evidently believed it had tracked down the beer-spraying fan. However, the individual in question denies being the offending actor.
Cleveland-area DJ Eric Smith took to Twitter on Wednesday to relay how he was contacted by Browns vice president of ticket sales and service and informed he had been banned.
I legit just got a got from the @Browns telling me I’ve been banned from the stadium for throwing the beer in Logan Ryan’s face Sunday. I’m fairly certain I haven’t been to a game since 2010.— Eric Smith (@TheBeardedDJ) September 11, 2019
@MaryKayCabot Hi Mary Kay, the browns think I’m the guy that tossed the beer on Sunday. I just got a call from Bob Sivik banning me from the stadium. I haven’t been to a game since 2010.— Eric Smith (@TheBeardedDJ) September 11, 2019
Smith later addressed the ongoing and baffling situation with Cleveland Scene. He insisted he could not have been at the stadium on Sunday as he was serving as a DJ at a wedding.
None of that seemed to sway Sivik, who told Smith that he had been caught on multiple cameras around the stadium, that the team had matched his tattoos, and that he had bought a ticket. Smith was informed he was banned from the stadium.
“I said please, please send me the footage,” Smith said of his conversation with Sivik. “And he was like, ‘You don’t have to get defensive if you’re innocent.'”
The Browns have not yet responded to Cleveland Scene’s request for comment at the time their report was published.