The Cleveland Browns have issued a statement regarding the immediate and indefinite suspension of offensive line coach Andy Moeller.
“Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller has been suspended indefinitely by the team effective immediately. Over the weekend, Andy was involved in an incident, involving allegations that we take very seriously. We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters. We are going to respect the process of investigation on this personal matter and will have no further comment at this time.”
Though the Browns are remaining tight-lipped about details, Cleveland Scene editor Vince Grzegorek tweeted regarding the incident.
Berea police did not arrest Browns OL coach Andy Moeller this weekend. Were called to his house. Case will be referred to a prosecutor.— Vince Grzegorek (@vincethepolack) September 7, 2015
The incident involving Browns OL coach Andy Moeller allegedly involves a woman who lives in Maryland. (1/3)— Vince Grzegorek (@vincethepolack) September 7, 2015
Thus lack of clarity now on whether relationship falls under domestic violence law in Berea. No report to be released until tomorrow (2/3)— Vince Grzegorek (@vincethepolack) September 7, 2015
No report til then because responding officer still needs to complete report. Will be referred to prosecutor in morning as well. (3/3)— Vince Grzegorek (@vincethepolack) September 7, 2015
No details about who the “woman who lives in Maryland” that Moeller is alleged to have been involved with were immediately available.
Moeller is reported to have been raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in his Cleveland Browns biography.
Andy Moeller is the son of Gary Moeller who is known for his time as head coach with the University of Michigan for five seasons in the early 1990s. The University of Michigan reports that the elder Moeller resigned after a drunken outburst that resulted in charges for “assault and battery and disorderly conduct” in a Southfield, Michigan restaurant.
“I consider myself a dedicated, solid football coach with the ability to coach and lead young men. I’m proud of my career and what I have accomplished at Michigan,” Gary Moeller was quoted upon his resignation.
“I have left my job as head football coach, but I still have my family and dignity. I have already said that I deeply regret what happened, and it is a source of deep personal embarrassment…. I do not want to comment further; rather I want to look ahead.”
The younger Moeller is also no stranger to run-ins with the law involving alcohol. In 2011, Andy Moeller was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to reports from ESPN. He was suspended for two games and fined $47,000 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The conviction resulted in a two-day stint in a treatment facility.
“I take total responsibility for my actions, and I’m committed to the programs the Ravens and others have afforded me. I really appreciate the support the Ravens have given me,” Moeller was quoted at the time.
Futher details regarding Moeller’s alleged offense are reportedly expected tomorrow, once the case has been referred to the presiding prosecuting attorney.
[Cleveland Browns Photo by Jonathan Daniel /Allsport — Andy Moeller Photo by NFL / Getty Images]