Charges to be filed against Browns fan who urinated on Art Modell's grave

By Ryan Wilson |

Art Modell, who owned the Browns and Ravens, died in 2012. (USATSI)
Art Modell, who owned the Browns and Ravens, died in 2012. (USATSI)

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A Browns fan who urinated on the grave of former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, and then posted the video to YouTube, will be charged by the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office.

“I want to commend the Baltimore County Police Department for doing outstanding work in identifying the suspect involved in this case,” Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said in a statement. “Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect. Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place.”

More details via CBS Baltimore: "The unidentified Browns' fan can be seen ripping off a Ravens jersey to reveal a Browns jersey hidden underneath. He used a tube down his pants to urinate on Modell's grave and said to the camera, 'As far as [expletive] on your grave, I had no choice' -- referencing a phrase Modell made when he moved the team from Ohio to Maryland."

Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore following the 1995 season. The NFL awarded the Browns an expansion franchise in 1999, and the Ravens won their first Super Bowl in 2000 and again in 2012. Meanwhile, since returning to Cleveland, the Browns have gone 77-163 (an abysmal .321 winning percentage) in 15 seasons. And then there's this:

According to the Maryland criminal code, “a person may not engage in indecent or disorderly conduct in a cemetery.” The crime is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail. and a $500 fine.

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