Cleveland’s security leaves London burning

Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher joined “NFL AM” yesterday to share his account of what his family endured at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday.

It was during Washington’s 38-21 win over the Browns that Fletcher’s relatives were involved in an altercation with Cleveland fans. Fletcher largely gave those fans a pass and pointed the finger at stadium security.

“I’m from Cleveland. I know Browns fans. They’re rabid fans and they love their team,” Fletcher said, “but I guess in the stadium, [my family was] 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 diffusing the situation, he escalated the situation.”

Fletcher confirmed that Evette Robinson, his 57-year-old aunt, was hospitalised with “neck injuries and stuff like that,” but denied she suffered a heart attack during the skirmish. The linebacker also confirmed his young cousin was attacked.

“It’s my understanding from the moment they got out of their car, [my family members] 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... He wasn’t hurt like that, he is okay.”

Fletcher was remarkably poised discussing what his family went through — but the matter isn’t about to disappear.

“Still details are emerging,” Fletcher said, “o it’s an ongoing legal situation and we’ll be moving forward.”

Meanwhile, Mike Tolbert came back to San Diego with his touchdown dance intact and “a whole bag of chips” on his shoulder, and helped ensure the Chargers will miss the play-offs for the third straight season.

Tolbert scored twice against his former team and DeAngelo Williams turned a tipped pass from Cam Newton into a 45-yard touchdown reception to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 31-7 victory.

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