Friday, July 26, 2013

Karen Eidem Harassed by Miller Park Security for Wearing Ryan Braun 'Fraud' Shirt

Security at Miller Park treated Karen Eidem as if she had done something wrong, simply because she altered her Ryan Braun shirt to read "FRAUD."

She was harassed by security for expressing her opinion. Actually, it's wrong to call it an opinion. She expressed a fact.

From 620 WTMJ:

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.

Eidem didn't cause a disturbance. Her shirt wasn't emblazoned with something obscene that would be inappropriate in a family-friendly setting like a baseball game. Good grief, she just switched up two letters on Braun's name.

She wasn't screaming profanity or drunk and spilling beer all over other fans.

Miller Park staff were totally out of line by threatening to eject her. Is Miller Park a no First Amendment zone?

Here's a statement from the Brewers:
“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.”
Without question, Eidem was mistreated.

I don't get why security harassed her. Were the individual/individuals involved overzealous in the interpretation and enforcement of the rules? Or, did staff follow orders?

It's good that Eidem brought her experience to the attention of the media.

Hopefully, security will be reminded that guests at Miller Park should not be treated as if they've done something wrong when they haven't.


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