I don’t believe we posted the video here, but I think most Browns fans heard about it. A Browns fan made a deliberate act of going to Art Modell’s grave and emptying out a catheter in order to urinate on Art Modell’s grave. Regardless of how you feel about the sentiment, there’s little debate as to the legality of such actions and Baltimore County authorities plan to take action. According to the Baltimore Sun, the man will be charged with some form of disorderly conduct which is punishable by a maximum sentence of two years and a $500 fine.
I just hope this all goes away quickly. As Deadspin pointed out at the time they posted the video, there’s no better way to make a villain look sympathetic than to overstep the lines of decency. It’s important to try and maintain a spot on the high road. I found myself straddling that line by actively rooting against Modell ever being included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and well short of traveling to his burial place to (ahem) make a statement of any kind.
The big problem with something like this is that it leads to quotes from David Modell that I can’t really disagree with.
“We agree wholeheartedly with the State’s Attorney that folks should have confidence that the final resting place of their loved ones is not defiled,” he said. “We are a country of laws and just because you’re angry doesn’t mean the law no longer applies to you.”
I prefer not to be put in a position where David Modell and I have to agree on much of anything.