Woman arrested for harassing Iowa football player during game

Published: October 7 2009 | 10:39 am - Updated: 30 March 2014 | 11:02 am in
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UPDATED: A 22-year-old woman was arrested for harassing a Hawkeye football player during Saturday’s game.

According to a criminal complaint, Brittney J. Mears, of 2748 Heinz Rd., was sitting in the first row, behind the Hawkeyes' bench, during Saturday's Iowa-Arkansas State game at Kinnick Stadium when she repeatedly called out Hawkeye defensive end Adrian Clayborn’s name throughout the first three quarters.

Though Clayborn’s name was not listed in the police complaint, Clayborn filed a protective order against Mears this morning in Johnson County District Court, referencing the incident.

After Clayborn said he was “distracted and annoyed,” by Mears' actions, police said she was removed from the stadium and charged with third-degree harassment, a simple misdemeanor.

According to court documents, the alleged contact from Mears began on June 28, when she was given a warning for harassment for driving past Clayborn's workplace and staring at him. And on July 27, she sent a vulgar text message to Clayborn’s phone.

According to Iowa Courts Online, Mears initially pleaded not guilty to the third-degree harassment charge, but later entered a plea of guilty on Sept. 18 and received a deferred judgment.

The court records show she Mears was fined $100 and sentenced to 10 hours of community service. She also received a year of probation.

Mears remained in custody Wednesday at the Johnson County Jail on a $1,000 cash-only bond. Her trial is set for Nov. 13 at 9 a.m.

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