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Die-hard Browns fan identified in Art Modell’s grave defiling video

A Cleveland Browns fan who defiled Art Modell's grave has been identified.
A Cleveland Browns fan who defiled Art Modell's grave has been identified. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Football fans are said to be “ride or die” for their teams, but one fan took his love for the game to a whole new level when he defiled a grave in a Youtube video (warning, graphic language). According to TMZ on Friday, July 25, the Cleveland Browns fan that decided to get some pay back on late Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has finally been identified.

The video titled "Browns Fan 'Pays Respects' to Modell", posted to Youtube a couple weeks ago, shows a fan wearing a Baltimore Ravens Ed Reed jersey. He then rips it off to reveal a Browns Lyle Alzado No. 77 jersey underneath. Through a catheter, under his pants leading out through the bottom of his pant leg, the fan urinates besides the grave located in Druid Ridge Cemetery in Pikesville, Md.

The man then turns to the camera and said, "You know, Art, when you ... tried to kill the Cleveland Brownie, you didn't do so good, the Browns fans wouldn't let you, you piece of s---. I'm in rat land, and I'm going to use the words you used a few years ago. As far as pissing on your grave, I had no choice."

Apparently, this fan does hold on to grudges as Modell moved the team in 1996.

“There is a statute on the books that regulates disorderly or indecent conduct in a cemetery,” county police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said to The Baltimore Sun in an email on July 23. “They have to look at the video to see if the behavior depicted fits the statute. … Also, Pikesville officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” She added that this would be considered a misdemeanor.

Modell passed away in 2012. Both Art and his wife, Patricia, are buried at this site. Modell’s family has said they will press charges in this case. “To some people, the man in that grave is Art Modell,” David Modell, Art’s son, said. “But to me, my brother, my children, and my wife, that’s their father. That’s their grandfather. … Can any of your readers imagine, for one second, seeing someone do that to your parents’ grave?”

David added that, “We will file charges,” Modell said. “Absolutely will file charges. Whatever we can throw at him, that’s what’s going to happen.”

Although not much information on this case is being shared yet, Baltimore County police have contacted the suspect. The case has been sent to the State Attorney's office where it will be decided as to whether or not the “die-hard fan” will be persecuted.