Rob Stipe, known as “Big R” among his friends, was removed from the Browns’ comeback win over the Dolphins on Sunday for allegedly standing too much.
Big R is a member of the Dawg Pound, the crazy Bleacher section in the endzone of Cleveland Browns Stadium. Fans in the Dawg Pound usually stand quite a bit. But Stipe was apparently standing more than quite a bit.
He was approached a group of security officers and sheriff’s deputies (yes, they brought out the big guns for Big R) during the third quarter and told that he needed to leave the stadium. Stipe had been warned earlier, he said, and had also been told to cool it with the standing during a game last season.
As a security guard explained to Stipe, standing during third or fourth down (or any other big play) is fine. But standing throughout the game is not.
Stipe would later clarify his position:
“I’m not here to bash the Browns, and I’m not here to bash security.”
“I just want a rule telling me when I can stand and when I can’t stand.”
Then you’ve come to the right place. Per the Browns’ Fans Code Of Conduct:
“Excessive standing – please be aware that when you stand, you block the view of the fans behind you. We do not wish to diminish your ability to cheer and enjoy the game; however, your continued standing can interfere with others’ ability to enjoy the game from their seats.”
Still, Stipe refuses to sit down.
“My mom always taught me to stand up for what I believe in,” Stipe said, “and this time, I’m literally doing that.”
Literally. Here was his message to Browns security, via WEWS 5 in Cleveland.
Eh. Have to disagree with you on that one, Big R. True fans do stand, yes, but only during the aforementioned big plays. When you are standing up throughout the game it becomes annoying to your fellow true fans (AKA the people sitting behind you). Asking them to stand throughout the game is imposing your style of true fandom on theirs, which is not what a true fan does, sir.