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January 17, 2006

Browns fan to be jailed for Super Bowl: and won't be allowed to watch the Feb. 5 game on television or listen to it on radio. If it were any other team this might be cruel and unusual punishment. The judge is actually doing the guy a favor in this case.

posted by irunfromclones to football at 05:05 PM - 19 comments

What a moron. At least he can brag to his friends that he took a hit from a Steelers linebacker. They shoulda made him wash the team buses in January with bare hands.

posted by GoBirds at 05:27 PM on January 17

Municipal Court Judge Joan Synenberg ordered Mallett not to attend Browns games in Cleveland or anywhere else. This is punishment?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:14 PM on January 17

Now, tell me this isn't a better example of justice than some sort of mandatory sentence. This is the kind of activist judging that I think we can all get behind.

posted by Joey Michaels at 06:29 PM on January 17

At least the guy didn't get a fine and a "don't-do-that-again." This sounds more appropriate. If the guy is such a monster football fan, he will really be punished by not being able to see or even hear the Super Bowl. While the Browns aren't such a hot team, at least he will not be able to go to the Dog Pound for a while.

posted by roberts at 06:33 PM on January 17

Browns fans have been serving what amounts to a life sentence as it is, being forced to follow that team all these years. Prison will probably wind up being a nice break for the guy.

posted by dyams at 06:57 PM on January 17

and he gets to star in an MTV video with Ludacris

posted by irunfromclones at 07:05 PM on January 17

I actually dont get why the Steeler who hit him isnt charged with assault and battery. If I see someone committing "misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and criminal trespassing" on the street, I either a) dont care or b) call a cop or at most c) peacefully restrain him until a cop arrives. I dont physically assault him, (from behind no less) especially if I am 3 times his size and wearing a potentially deadly helmet. But just because this guy violated the "sacred turf" of a football field it's perfectly OK? Just playing devil's advocate here.

posted by drjimmy11 at 07:06 PM on January 17

It reminds me of the time some parachutist landed during a boxing match in the ring area and everyone beat the "crap" outta him. No one was charged with anything except for the jumper. I felt bad for the guy you know, he had to pay a fine, do sometime behind bars and not to mention he got the crap beat out of him.

posted by chuy at 07:26 PM on January 17

"or at most c) peacefully restrain him until a cop arrives." I would like to see how you peacefully restrain someone who is intoxicated and a Browns fan.

posted by sublime4390116 at 07:59 PM on January 17

From the linked article [bold emphasis mine]:

His jaunt ended when Steelers linebacker James Harrison body-slammed him onto the ground and held him for police.
Here is what Harrison said the day it happened [bold emphasis mine]:
"When he first came out he took off after [Verron Haynes] ... He started toward our sideline, he turned around and started backing up toward our sideline, so I don't know if the guy had anything on him or whatever. With his back to me, I thought I could take him down safely without risking injury to myself or my teammates and hold him there until the proper authorities came." [source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
And here is what coach Bill Cowher had to say about it a few days after it happened [bold emphasis mine]:
Cowher said if anything, money should be coming Harrison's way for the duty he performed for security in Cleveland Stadium. "Maybe for a thank you, I would think. No, James was protecting me. The guy was coming after me, that's what I told him, 'Thank, you.' ... "There is no chance of that [fine] happening, none whatsoever. Trust me. No way. It will not happen. I will not allow it to happen. He did a great job. Security, they ought to give him a little bit for what he did for them. He held the guy down; it took four of them to take the guy off. James could have just carried him out of there and thrown him into the stands or something ... it wouldn't have taken as long." [source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
"Peaceful restraint" may not have been the best option when he was perceived to be a threat by the players and coaches and security was not immediately intervening. I left in the funnier bits of the quotes so I wouldn't be accused of presenting things out of context ;)

posted by scully at 08:31 PM on January 17

Municipal Court Judge Joan Synenberg ordered Mallett not to attend Browns games in Cleveland or anywhere else. This is punishment? WHOEVER SAID THAT... IT IS PUNISHMENT, OK THE BROWNS MAY NOT BE THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE, BUT THEY WEREN'T THE WORST THIS YEAR AND THATS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE IN CLEVELAND. SOME OF US HAVE BEEN BROWNS FANS ALL OF OUR LIFE, AND THE BROWNS HAVE SUCKED ALL OF OUR LIFE, BUT YOU DONT GIVE UP ON YOUR TEAM... SOMEDAY THEY WILL BE GOOD AGAIN... O YEA AND SCREW ART MODEL!!!

posted by gosoccer841 at 09:47 PM on January 17

And some of us don't even yell all the time. The guy got what he had comming to him as far as the body slam goes. If you don't want hit buy a pro ball player, then don't run your drunk ass on the field during the game. As for the court sentence, it seems pretty good to me.

posted by jojomfd1 at 12:33 AM on January 18

Hey drjimmy11, would you feel the same way if this guy had oh say maybe a gun,knife or god forbid some sort of explosive device? I bet your response would have been " I can't believe none of those player's stopped him, especially since they are 2 to 3 times his size and could have used their helmets as a weapon ". On another note thank you irunfromclones.......great link....laughed my a@@ off!!!

posted by Grrrlacher at 01:42 AM on January 18

WHOEVER SAID THAT... IT IS PUNISHMENT, OK THE BROWNS MAY NOT BE THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE, BUT THEY WEREN'T THE WORST THIS YEAR AND THATS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE IN CLEVELAND. SOME OF US HAVE BEEN BROWNS FANS ALL OF OUR LIFE, AND THE BROWNS HAVE SUCKED ALL OF OUR LIFE, BUT YOU DONT GIVE UP ON YOUR TEAM... SOMEDAY THEY WILL BE GOOD AGAIN... O YEA AND SCREW ART MODEL!!! hahahahahahahahahahahahahah....hahahahahaha

posted by steelcityguy at 08:27 AM on January 18

Nice link, irun ... two notes: 1) I'm pretty damned sure James Harrison must have wrestled at some point in his life, because that was a beautiful takedown. 2) Why the hell do people listen to shit like Ludacris? That whole musical clip was nothing but him repeating, "Move, bitch!" over and over. Wow -- what talent. He makes The Backstreet Boys sound like Beethoven.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:11 AM on January 18

Municipal Court Judge Joan Synenberg ordered Mallett not to attend Browns games in Cleveland or anywhere else. This is punishment? The judge could have ordered him to attend Lions games for the next five years, of course that could be a violation of cruel and unusual punishment.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:17 AM on January 18

Now, tell me this isn't a better example of justice than some sort of mandatory sentence. That's what I call having the punishment fit the crime.

posted by njsk8r20 at 10:57 AM on January 18

Thanks wfrazerjr- 1) I'm pretty damned sure James Harrison must have wrestled at some point in his life, because that was a beautiful takedown. That was his patented QB sack until the NFL made it illegal. 2) Why the hell do people listen to shit like Ludacris? That whole musical clip was nothing but him repeating, "Move, bitch!" over and over. Wow -- what talent. He makes The Backstreet Boys sound like Beethoven. What can you say about a guy that mistook (and mispelled) early critic's description of his music (ludicrous) as praise.

posted by irunfromclones at 11:59 AM on January 18

What can you say about a guy that mistook (and mispelled) early critic's description of his music (ludicrous) as praise. I'd say that sounds like the kind of guy I want to listen to. Screw the critics.

posted by fabulon7 at 12:28 PM on January 18

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