Brewers reach out, apologize after woman forced to wear Braun 'fraud' shirt inside out
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Karen Eidem wore this modified Ryan Braun jersey to Miller Park - and she was almost kicked out.
MILWAUKEE - Karen Eidem was enjoying a Brewers game at Miller Park when security singled her out due to her clothing. The controversial article? A Ryan Braun shirt modified to read "fraud" across the back.
Eidem says she was forced to either change her clothing or be ejected from Miller Park. She opted to turn the shirt inside out.
"I mean it was obviously meant as a joke, but to put me in a position where I'm the one to be perceived as doing something wrong, that kind of bothered me." said Eidem.
The Brewers released a statement in response to this incident. It reads:
“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.”
Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger followed up on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News on Friday."
"That was really just a misjudgment by our staff. We're going to reach out to that woman, apologize to her, bring her back. We respect the right of the people to come in and express their views. Something of that nature is permissible, and she should not have been addressed and threatened with leaving. That was a mistake on our staff," said Schlesinger.
"That is not a situation that we should have done anything with. We were wrong."
Eidem said she holds no grudges. She plans on taking the Brewers up on their offer.
Eidem joined John Mercure on Thursday's edition of Wisconsin's Afternoon News on Newsradio 620 WTMJ. You can listen to that audio below: