CLEVELAND -- One of the few bright spots of the Cleveland Browns is speaking out against fans throwing a parade in honor of the team's 0-16 season.
On Saturday, just a little more than an hour before some Browns fans began the 'Perfect Season Parade,' an intended protest of the state of the franchise, second-year defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah took to Twitter to denounce the event. The Oklahoma State product referred to the parade as a "joke" and said not to "call yourself a true Browns fan if you go to that thing!"
Ogbah, who the Browns selected with the top pick of the second round in the 2016 NFL Draft, recorded 29 tackles, 4 sacks, defended 6 passes and forced 2 fumbles in 10 games this past season. He suffered a broken foot in the team's 19-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 19, bringing his sophomore season to an end.
Ogbah is just the latest member of the Browns organization to speak out against the polarizing 'Perfect Season Parade,' which has been organized by Granville, Ohio, resident Chris McNeil (@Reflog_18). Earlier this week, the son-in-law of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, JW Johnson, who has reportedly had an increased role in the organization in recent months, urged those who oppose the parade to counter the protest with a protest of their own.
Johnson has since made his Twitter account private.
Nevertheless, the parade, which has also raised approximately $14,000 for the Cleveland Food Bank, will carry on. WKYC.com will carry a live stream of the event, which is slated to start at 11 a.m.