LOS ANGELES (AFP) – More than 2,000 Cleveland Browns fans held a parade around their team’s stadium on Saturday to vent their frustration at the team’s 0-16 NFL season, their 15th campaign in a row without making the playoffs.
Dubbed the Perfect Season Parade 2.0 – after the Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to finish an NFL season 0-16 – the parade was considered a protest by the fans.
“It was that kind of macabre-type humour that I think the Browns fans have,” organiser Chris McNeil said. “I think we have every right to have after this organisation has given us nothing now for how many years.”
The parade included a pickup truck with a casket on the back and several Browns-painted buses with signs criticising team management.
The parade also included Browns’ quarterback graveyard, with faux headstones for every starting quarterback the team has had since 1999.
“We care.” said parade participant Tony Timoteo. “Everyone says to protest, stop going to the games, cancel your season tickets.
“No, we want the team to win.We’re not going to cancel season tickets and we’re going to go to the games because we want them to win.”
Some Cleveland players found the parade offensive, with Emmanuel Ogbah calling the parade “a joke” on Twitter.
Teammate Danny Shelton also wrote on Twitter that the event “isn’t encouraging a change, it’s more so encouraging players to avoid the opportunity to play here”.