NASHVILLE – Titans cornerback Logan Ryan joined in the celebration with his teammates after Malcolm Butler’s pick-6 in the closing minutes in Sunday’s win over the Browns.
He didn’t bring the beer – a Browns fan did.
Late to the party?
After Butler’s interception return for a touchdown on Sunday at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, he jumped to the top of the wall behind the end zone, and several of his teammates joined him. A Titans fan in the area patted Butler on the helmet as his teammates jumped on his back.
Then a Browns fan began dousing the players with beer.
Not cool, Ryan said.
When Ryan jumped up to join in, the unidentified fan, outfitted in a Baker Mayfield jersey, initially flinched and stopped. He then proceeded to hurl beer in the face of Ryan, who didn’t react.
Ryan joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday morning and was asked about having beer intentionally poured on him with co-hosts Bob Papa and Charlie Weis.
“Yeah, you know, in this day and age it’s ridiculous,” Ryan said. “I understand that we play football. I understand that we’re modern day gladiators. I understand that fans feel like they can yell and say and degrade, whatever, but you know, we’re human beings. And I think in society nowadays that’s, with everything going on and everybody deserving their rights, I think as a player to hop up over the rail and to have beer splashed in your face and you’re not allowed to respond. … Fans are allowed to throw beer in our face and yell whatever they want to yell at us and there’s no penalty?”
The Titans on Sunday fell behind the Browns 6-0, and then had them hold their beers in a 43-13 win.
The Tennessee Titans take on the Cleveland Browns in the 2019 regular season opener at First Energy Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)