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A Cleveland-area mother says her 8-year-old son was tackled by a rowdy Browns fan in a parking lot after the team's overtime loss to the New York Jets.

Speaking to the city's News Channel 5, the mother says her husband and young son, both Jets fans, were treated well during the game but encountered problems during their walk to the car:

"[Browns fans were] calling him a bad word, to my husband and to my son, throwing food at them," Danielle said. She said the worst of it was in the Muni Lot, as they were walking to the car to leave.

"As he was walking, holding my son's hand, a guy from behind tackled him. A drunken Browns fan tackled him and pulled him out of his dad's hand. He was on the ground crying," Danielle said.

She said the little boy's ankle was scraped and bruised. The dad didn't call police, opting to leave instead.

"He just wanted to get him out of there, out of that environment," Danielle said.

A Browns official said the incident was "unfortunate and disappointing" and vowed to look into the matter.

Though my dubiety detector is beeping ever-so-slightly (the mother is recounting an incident she didn't witness; how does an inner ankle get skinned via a tackle on a cold day; and, honestly, who takes down a kid), but we'll give Danielle the benefit of the doubt.

In that case, let's not condemn an entire fanbase for the actions of one. That the father and son had a nice gameday experience in the stadium is far more indicative of Browns fans than the behavior of a lone, drunken boor in a parking lot.

Right, Sam Wyche?

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