Browns Fan Who Urinated on Art Modell's Grave Has Charges Dismissed

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2015

10 Dec 2000:  Owner Art Modell of the Baltimore Ravens is Honored for being involved in the NFL for 40 years before the game against the San Diego Chargers at The PSINet Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Chargers 24-3.Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger  /Allsport
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The man who was caught on video urinating on the grave of Art Modell, the late owner of the Baltimore Ravens, won't be charged with a crime, according to reports.

Jamison Hensley of ESPN has more:

Charges have been dismissed against a Cleveland Browns fan who was accused of urinating on the grave of late Ravens owner Art Modell. 

Paul Serbu, 62, of Franklin, Ohio, had been charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery after a video of the incident appeared on YouTube last summer.

The video, entitled "Browns Fan 'Pays Respects' to Modell," showed Serbu wearing a Ravens jersey to the gravesite, only to remove it and reveal a Browns jersey before urinating out of the bottom of his pants leg through a catheter.  

According to Alison Knezevich of The Baltimore Sun, Serbu has agreed to appear on David Modell's radio show to discuss the incident and that Baltimore County Deputy State's Attorney John Cox learned of a medical condition that Serbu had, though he wouldn't release details of that condition.

"We talked about a resolution that we all felt was appropriate," Cox told Knezevich. "Mr. Modell suggested that this individual have an opportunity to apologize, and then converse with him on his radio show."

It appears Serbu is getting off with a slap on the wrist here. According to Cox, Serbu could have faced up to two years in jail and a $500 fine had he been convicted of the disorderly conduct in a cemetery charge.

The late Art Modell didn't have many friends in Cleveland when he took the team to Baltimore in 1995, and fans often find interesting ways to display their discontent with players, coaches and owners, but this incident took that to the extreme. 

Thankfully, it appears the situation has been resolved in a manner that satisfies the law enforcement involved and the Modells.

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