This is social distancing at its worst.
Around 6,000 fans were allowed into the Browns’ 35-30 victory over the Bengals on Thursday night in Cleveland. And a handful of those fans got into a melee that was captured on video by a fellow fan with the fitting caption, “Lol I love Browns game.”
The order by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine specified that fans were to be divided evenly among the four sides of the stadium in a plan that also encompassed Bengals home games. At least on Thursday night, they were not spaced far enough apart to keep tensions from rising.
In the video, the combatants can be briefly seen as security rushes in to separate them. Another fan in a Nick Chubb jersey backs away with a beer held above his head.
“The biggest learning right now, I would say, is ensuring that people uphold the elements of that plan from the moment they get to the stadium until the moment they leave,” Browns COO Dave Jenkins told Cleveland.com earlier this week.
first fan fight of the year. of course it’s cleveland in the midst of a pandemic 🙂
📹: @Andrewgarson_ pic.twitter.com/4DzpfSS8Nx
— gabb 🌟 (@gabbgoudy) September 18, 2020
“And even when the game is over and they are making their way out the building, you still have to have that mask on, you still have to do your best to socially distance.”
Safe to say at least some fans failed that first test.