A Milwaukee Brewers fan says she was "humiliated" after security at Miller Park asked her to leave the stadium due to a slightly modified Ryan Braun shirt she was wearing.
Karen Eidem changed two of the letters on her Braun shirt to make it read "Fraud" on the back instead of the suspended slugger's last name. She told TMJ4 in Milwaukee that an employee said she was violating the stadium code of conduct. She decided to turn the shirt inside out.
"Having security approach you and make you look like you're a criminal, it was offensive," Eidem said. "I was told I had to remove it or I would be escorted out of the stadium."
Earlier this week, Major League Baseball suspended Braun for the remainder of the season without pay for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The Brewers released a statement about the incident, via TMJ4:
“In this case, the fan absolutely should have been able to wear the jersey without any intervention by our staff. We welcome the opportunity for fans to express their opinions. The only circumstances that would warrant us intervening is if someone were to display a message or item that would be considered offensive to other fans. This is not a case where that line was crossed, and we’re sorry for the inconvenience to her. We will reach out to Ms. Eidem to invite her to another game this year as our guest.”
More from the Associated Press:
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee Brewers fan says she was asked to leave Miller Park because she had made some changes to her Ryan Braun shirt.
Karen Eidem says security tapped her on the shoulder while she was standing with friends at the ballpark Wednesday night. Eidem had changed a couple letters on the back of her Brewers shirt to make it read 'Fraud' instead of Braun because of the slugger's recent suspension.
Security told her the modified shirt violated the fan code of conduct and that she would have to change the shirt or leave the ballpark. Eidem turned the shirt inside out and stayed for the game.
WTMJ radio (http://bit.ly/1734arj ) says the Brewers later issued a statement saying security staff should not have interfered and offered Eidem another game ticket.