Cleveland Browns News (International Edition)
Chad Mustard

Posted Jun 3, 2003

(James Earl Jones voice) Bernie's Insiders travels the globe to bring you the very latest in Cleveland Browns news! Actually, we don't travel the globe. We do, however, navigate small parts of it when we need to get something from the store. Regardless, today's Browns news is truly international in scope and helps to illustrate the challenges of the people we put in charge of educating our nation's youth. Seriously.


Ever fly into a two-gate airport in the middle of nowhere and find out that it's actually "Upper East Backwoods International Airport"? 

One flight to Canada, Mexico, or hijacked to Cuba, and suddenly Fred the baggage handler starts putting on airs.

We've got NFL Europe news, so why can't we be International too? Darn it, if the New York Times can have an international edition, then so can I. The Times even admits to just making stuff up, and we just joke about it when things are boring. So, here goes...

Bernies Insiders Cleveland Browns News Update - International Edition

We start our global round-up of Browns news today in Frankfurt, Germany, where developing Browns TE Chad Mustard scored his first touchdown of the season. The auspicious moment came with less than two minutes left and the Frankfurt Galaxy pounding Mustard's Rhein Fire squad 38-0 (read: "garbage time"), but six points is six points. Mustard is the only Browns player in NFL Europe to accumulate any points this Spring, as he also snared a two-point conversion last week. Mustard had three receptions for twenty-four yards in the game.

The Frankfurt Galaxy, a squad that includes Browns CB Kalvin Pearson, have qualified for NFL Europe's World Bowl thanks to an impressive defense. The Galaxy secondary also includes ex-Browns Rashidi Barnes and Calvin Spears in starting roles.

Just curious: Why is it a "World Bowl" rather than a "Europe Bowl"?

Eh, whatever. (shrug)

Jay Taylor, the Fire's punter, hasn't put together eye-popping stats in Europe, but he did nail three of his six punts inside the 20 yard line. The box scores coming from Europe seem to hint at steady improvement on the part of Taylor, but he will certainly have his work cut out for him if he intends to displace incumbent punter Chris Gardocki.

Down in Barcelona, the home town Dragons got their hats handed to them by the Scottish Claymores. Dimitrius Breedlove, a WR for Barcelona, got into the game this week but didn't catch a pass. Breedlove has not seen a tremendous amount of action in Spain, and has only caught a couple of passes on the season.


Bernies Insiders Cleveland Browns News Update - National Edition

In today's domestic Browns news, charges have been dropped against Browns linebacker (1988-1991) Van Waiters.

This is especially relevant given that news accounts indicate that there really wasn't anything at all to the charges.

Waiters teaches middle school, an occupation which has to be alternately rewarding and horrifying. I don't think I would last more than about five minutes in front of a gang of fourteen-year-olds without blowing a gasket, and I have enormous respect for those people who work with adolescents each day, trying to do their best to teach our kids.

Of course, I'm biased. My mother taught middle school, and both of my in-laws are teachers, so I've heard about the challenges they face in their jobs.

In the case of Waiters, the charges suggested that Waiters grabbed a kid by the throat, threw him over a desk and punched him. Hence, he was brought up on charges of aggravated child abuse.

According to eyewitness accounts, however, it was Waiters who was attacked and was holding the teenager at bay and defending himself. The purported victim had "too many inconsistencies" in his story.

I guess if you really want a good occupation for getting sued or getting brought up on charges, it is teaching the children of our incredibly litigious society.

If there is a true tragedy in this, it will be with those people who scanned the news, formed the association between yet another football player and yet another legal problem and didn't read the follow-up. What I'm reading from today's story: Van Waiters was innocent, there was nothing to the charges, and another teacher got dragged into court while trying to do his job.

Then again, I have perhaps been overly sensitized to the challenges teachers face, so read the article linked above and draw your own conclusions.

Football players draw the media like moths to a light, and Waiters case wasn't any different. The odds that we would have ever heard of this if Waiters wasn't a player are slim. Make that "none".

Last year's Browns' starting linebacker Darren Hambrick, who has been accused of absolutely nothing, is listed as a defense witness in an article in a Florida murder. It appears journalist made sure that Hambrick's name was dropped even though he has no involvement in the subject of the article.

Don't we have enough football players in trouble without innocent ones getting dragged into the muck at every opportunity?

- AB

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