Long time Cleveland Browns’ fan Owen Sixteen announced today that he has notified Browns management that he plans to file for free agency at the conclusion of the season. “I have been a fan of the Cleveland Browns football team since 1960, and I have suffered enough. It’s time for me to end my relationship with the Browns and sign with a team that not only respects me but also appreciates my loyalty.” Sixteen filed his intent to become a free agent through his attorney, Otto Bounds, who delivered the letter to Browns' management at their headquarters in Berea, Ohio. Bill Bonsiewicz, Browns' Vice President, Communications, would not comment on Sixteen's impending free agency.
Sixteen added, “Players have left us in search of the last free agency dollar; Art Modell moved our team to another city despite tremendous fan support; incompetent general managers and coaches have mismanaged our team and have failed field a competitive product. I realized last week that I'm the only one in this relationship with loyalty. As a nine year old, I wore my '1964 World Champions' sweatshirt every day for months. I cried for days when Sipe threw the pick against Oakland. I nearly suffered two strokes watching the Denver games. I was on suicide watch after the Browns moved to Baltimore. But why should I support players, owners and management who have no concern for me?”
Sixteen plans a review of NFL teams to determine the one most deserving of his tremendous loyalty. He is willing to conduct interviews with teams interested in his support. Sixteen can be reached at the psychiatric care unit of the Cleveland Clinic.