Angered Browns CB throws ice at teammates

Published on September 25, 2009 by     

Coye FranciesBEREA, Ohio (AP) – After a spirited practice, the Cleveland Browns were still in a playful mood so they decided to pull a prank one of their rookies.

Coye Francies didn’t care for the joke.

The first-year cornerback, incensed over being soaked with water by some of his teammates, threw a bucket of ice and at least one errant punch during a skirmish in the Browns’ locker room on Friday.

As the Browns returned from practice, a dripping-wet Francies stormed into the locker room lugging a Gatorade bucket full of ice. Before he could be stopped, Francies tossed the ice on cornerback Brandon McDonald, hitting him with cubes that covered the floor.

“Welcome to the Browns locker room!”
— Braylon Edwards

At that point, it was not clear if Francies was playing along and messing with McDonald.

Then, his mood, and the vibe in the room, turned more serious.

Francies flung some more ice in the direction of safety Mike Adams before heading toward safety Abram Elam’s corner cubicle. With the bucket on the floor, Francies then swung his arms at Elam, who deflected the blows. Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers then stepped in and grabbed Francies by the back of the shirt and escorted him out a side door as other players came to help.

“Calm down, man,” Rogers told Francies as he pushed him outside.

“Welcome to the Browns locker room!” wide receiver Braylon Edwards hollered.

The incident happened while the locker room was open to reporters. The Browns (0-2) play at Baltimore on Sunday.

Francies returned a few minutes later and went straight to his stall at the back of the locker room, next to the equipment area. He still seemed irritated as he sat there. Rogers, linebackers D’Qwell Jackson and Eric Barton and safety Brodney Pool tried to calm him down.

At the other end, McDonald cleaned up the mess in front of his stall.

“It was just guys having fun,” McDonald said, whisking the ice off the carpet into a dust pan with a broom. “I was the first one he saw. He got a little aggressive, it’s no big deal. We handled it. It’s over now and we’re going to worry about the Ravens. We don’t want to have any misconceptions in the locker room.

Coye Francies. (NFL Photos / Getty Images)

“So that’s it. We took care of it, and we’re moving on.”

After dressing, Francies had cooled down enough to smile.

“It’s all just fun and games,” he said. “We were just playing around.”

Later, a regretful Francies went to coach Eric Mangini’s office to explain what happened and acknowledged he had overreacted.

Mangini wanted to do some further investigating and consulted with other players and team leaders to make sure there was no lingering conflict.

“I said, ‘Was there anything malicious about this? Is there something deeper here?”‘ Mangini said. “And to a man, they said, ‘No it was nothing like that.’ He’s a rookie, he’s young. He should have put it in the right context. I trust the guys I talked to. I talked to him afterward and he said, ‘I should have handled it differently.”‘

The Browns dropped their first two games with second-half collapses in both. But despite the slow start, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan senses that Cleveland’s players are determined to turn their season around.

“I know our guys are ready to fight,” he said. “They’re starting to care for each other. We’re coming together. I can see it.”

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