Browns decry tackling of young Jets fan in parking lot, offer help

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have reached out and expressed their concern to the father of an 8-year-old boy who was wearing a New York Jets jersey when he was allegedly tackled by a drunken fan following Sunday's game.

A team spokesman said the Browns contacted the boy's family on Wednesday and offered "anything we can do" after hearing about the "unfortunate" incident.

The youngster, who attended New York's overtime victory with his dad, reportedly suffered a scraped and bruised ankle after he was struck by the older fan in a parking lot near Cleveland Browns Stadium. The boy's mother wrote a letter to The Plain Dealer in Cleveland detailing what happened.

The Browns have successfully cracked down on fan misconduct inside their stadium this season.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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