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Fan at Miller Park told to hide their Ryan Braun “Fraud” jersey or be kicked out

Jul 26, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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A Miller Park security guard is apparently a big Ryan Braun fan: he threatened a fan with ejection for a Ryan Braun jersey altered to read “Fraud” instead of “Braun”:

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.

To the team’s credit, the Brewers said that the guard should not have done this and they have offered another ticket to Ms. Eidem. They said their policy is only about shirts and signs and things which might be offensive and the like. But I would be curious to know how those standards are communicated to security staff if the guy in question here thought this was anywhere close to the line.

  1. andreweac - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    The Angels security guard have me a terrible look when He saw me Angels home #5 jersey with Mathis’s name patched over the last name of the $250 Albertross.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      that’s great, so happy it worked out for you.

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      I hope there was an M in there somewhere. I could sign someone useless to at $250 contract and it would hamper my financial flexibility at all.

    • km9000 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Capitalized “He”? God works security at Angels games? Wait, I guess that sorta makes sense doesn’t it…

    • bchapman2011 - Jul 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Could your comment possibly be less coherent?

  2. mybrunoblog - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Looks to me like the security guard was drunk with power and way out of line. He should be disciplined by his employer. I understand they offered the fan a ticket to another game but I hope that offer included a genuine apology.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      relax, maybe he just didn’t understand the policy, but you feel the need to fire him.
      get lost you loser.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        FOEE: You are one positive Cat. Full of bubbly information. Incredibly nice.
        Just seem like an all around good guy to hang out with.

        I mean…
        Just look at your posts from 2:40 and 2:44 and it is easy to see where I am coming from.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        stlouis,

        It is all in context. FOEE knows his team would never do such a thing, or have security accost a patron for failing to demonstrate “respect” during the absolutely unnecessary “God Bless America”. Oops…

    • chadjones27 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Drunk with power? I’m sorry, but, teams have become very strict with things like that recently. I bet you’re the same type that wants lifetime bans for drinking red bull, because, hey, cafeine could be a performance enhancer.
      I’ve seen people asked to turm “Muck the Fets” t-shirts inside out. The eagles have asked people to remove paper bags for wearing them and such. It’s all all upper management driven. The dude was just doing his job. If he stepped over the line, fine, but the team made it right. Put your pitch fork down.

    • arodz4410 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Correct, The real response is that he should be fired or sent home for the rest of the season with out pay like Braun. Here you have a public servant, taking the stadium law into his own hands. Typical Non -Police power attitude. I am sure if Braun, asked the secutiry guard to rub his balls he would or even worse. WHAT AN IDIOT.

  3. thebadguyswon - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    This is what I hate about MLB right now. They create the PED hysteria and then get pissy when someone wants to have fun with it.

  4. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Sounds like they said something along the lines of “Keep an eye out for offensive material”, and the security guard made a poor decision. There’s no way a policy like this can completely and accurately cover all scenarios, and people are eventually left up to personal judgement. All in all, this sounds like yet another fluff piece attempting to drum up page views by publicizing a poor decision by someone who’s probably being paid near minimum wage and acting like he told her to move to the back of the bus. Non-story, and never should have been written.

    • romospersonalsnuggie - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Then dont read it moron

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Yes, excuse me for reading an article, then forming an opinion about it afterword. I should have used my telepathic abilities to pull the article directly from the author’s thought process, then completely avoid any mention of it. Thanks for enlightening me! Moron status received!

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      As a frequent critic (and secret admirer) of Mr. Calc, I have to disagree with your last point. Freedom of Expression is never a non-story – and this person faced loss of a purchased ticket over a ridiculous over reaction. Not to mention – blogs are supposed to be conversational, not just breaking news.

      And if he really wanted page hits….he could whip up better then this :)

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        While I agree with the principal of your argument, I would like to note that the fan did not lose the purchased ticket. They turned their shirt on inside out and everything was OK. In fact, they were given tickets to a separate game as compensation for the mistake. In addition, I think the article would be more poignant if this was an ongoing policy of the team, but rather the team immediately rectified the situation. Again, this seems to be making a story out of one poor judgement call by a low level employee.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        I said “faced” the loss – and turning the shirt inside out is not okay! There was no cause at all.

        But again, no this is not ESPN worthy (but I bet you $5 it will be on there), but blogs should be conversational and human interest related.

        Shoot – I’ll take this over all the posts about naked men that we have seen on here of late :)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Oh, are we back to baseball porn?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        See below – I gave you a better one than this ;)

      • km9000 - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        I don’t think Freedom of Expression applies at a stadium.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Right. The Constitution did specifically ban it in such situations. Which is why you never see any sort of expression happening at games, just quiet golf claps

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Come on DelawarePhilliesFan! Don’t you know the first three rules in Blogging is sex, sex, sex!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Yes, and I am happy for those it made happy (looks at historio and whistles), but I demand equal time! August better be the month of boobs on here

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        You say that like I wouldn’t enjoy the boobs too. ;)

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Ummmmm……I think I can be in favor of that.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        I’m no hater.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Lovin’ the non-hate :)

      • km9000 - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        So if constitutional free speech applies here, where’s the lawyers offering to represent her in court?

        Sure, the Brewers would be going overboard if they sided with the security guard here, and it’d look bad, but they do have that right.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        Gotcha. As long as a MLB team says they have a right to do it, they have a right to do it. And if all else fails, unless there is a lawsuit, it was legal. I tell, you learn something every day.

        Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go tell my neighbor he must take his Yankees shirt off

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        We do do get a very nice pic of Rachel Leigh Cooke with every announcement of Minor League suspensions.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Does seem hard to believe this guard just acted on a spur of the moment. At a minimum, I would imagine there had to be some sort of “Be on the look out for offensive Braun jerseys” memo, and he took the directive too far

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      “be on the look out for offensive Braun jerseys” are you serious?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        Just trying to give the gist – yes, I don’t think they would verbatum say that

      • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        I wouldn’t worry. fanofevilempire has posted 3 comments in this thread and they’re all playground confrontations.

      • 1twinsfan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        I would say any Braun jerseys are offensive at this point whether they’re altered or not since he’s a cheater.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    The guard is a typical Walker/Ryan neofascist. They have them in Wisconsin. Pity.

    • dabubble - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Keep you politics out of this Old Gator…people don’t need to hear from a beaten down stupid d-bag grousing that they lost twice trying to get Walker out. Losers…

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        Sorry, you’re stuck with my politics. You don’t run this blog and have no standing to tell anyone what to post and what not to post. You, the security guard, Walker, Ryan – see the continuity in that neofascist attitude?

        And incidentally, they lost once trying to “get Walker out.” They won rather handily keeping Grackle Nose and ol’ Forty Seven Percent out of the White House, though.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Don’t sweat it bubble. Gator means well 99% of the time.
        He can’t help himself for being a misled socialist.
        He works for publicly funded institutions and fully knows where his bread is buttered.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        I see the neofascist attitude, most clearly, in the far left fringe.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        Then you need to check out the definition of fascism. The left obviously has its own excesses but there are more accurate terms for them.

        Mwah! / blows you a kiss anyway.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Sadly, Gator, FLA is no paradigm of democratic virtue. I agree with your Walker/Ryan thoughts, but, glass houses and all…

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Scott – if you’ve read any of my stuff before, you know that I haven’t got much that’s nice to say about Flawrida politics either. I’m not under any illusions about the Grand Guignol politics of this state. I just happen to like the sunshine, fishing, invasive species and Hispanic/Creole and tropical sensibility more than I dislike the corruption and incompetence in the municipal and state governments.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        I have read your stuff. Living in the City of Brotherly Love, with all that that entails politically and socially, I often find it difficult to throw barbs at other cities, states, regions…

        And, as I told my mother who resides in Hernando County, “thank God for Florida, as it makes my own state of birth (Mississippi) look like it has a functional judicial system.”

        Lastly, when are you gonna convince those local politicians of your to send us Stanton. I can guarantee Rollins, and, er, umm, a case of TastyKake in return.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Make it Twinkies and we have a negotiation.

      • scotttheskeptic - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Let’s negotiate.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Over on PFT there is a story quoting Aaron Rogers who said that Ryan Braun looked me in the eye and lied.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Do you feel dirty now after going over there?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        I went on PFT to do a victory lap after the Orioles won the showdown with the Ravens over opening night. I made it out alive, but the memories still haunt me

      • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Yes. The thread was nothing but people saying Rodgers owes a Twitter follower his salary.

        I understand Rodgers said “I’d bet a year’s salary Braun is clean.” but said person on Twitter never responded to that statement, much less countered with his own wager and accepted the bet.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        No

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      /sarcasm font

      You have to understand, Aaron Rodgers has never encountered a pro Athlete who used PED’s

      • 1twinsfan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        You forgot to sign it – Clay Matthews.

  8. 18thstreet - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    That’s a publicly financed ballpark, and someone’s free speech was threatened.

    That’s disgusting.

    • jwbiii - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Many public schools have dress codes.

  9. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Ryan Fraud? That’s horrible. I would have gone with Lyin Braun but that’s just me.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      I think both options work quite well myself.
      Both seeming to roll of the tongue without a hitch.

    • kopy - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      I prefer Lyin’ Braun as well, but let’s not forget we’re dealing with the back of a jersey here.

      • nolanwiffle - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Hell, why not double down and go Lyin’ Fraud.

  10. stlouis1baseball - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Sounds like the security guard found the shirt “offensive.”

    Also sounds like the security guard could use some sensitivity training.
    Perhaps in between sessions of common sense and customer service training.

    • richeich - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      You mean the Brewers have to try to do the right thing, and reprimand an employee, or player.I can’t believe it.

  11. spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Relocate the Brewers

  12. historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I love that the troublemaker is a female. :)

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      …aren’t they always?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        :P

        he he!

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      And we love you too

      Oh, you meant the girl at the game…..

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        Womenz!

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        FILF?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Easy there, phan.

    • fearlessleader - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      I kind of wish she’d “complied” by removing the jersey altogether, Brandi Chastain-style.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        That would’ve been funny.

    • 1twinsfan - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Boo! As a female, I have to sign I repair trouble, not cause it. Married to a loud mouthed Raiders fan who swears Plunkett is the greatest QB ever. Pity me. :(

      • historiophiliac - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        You might’ve married down, honey. Sorry. Raiders fan? /shivers

  13. biffnasty - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    she should NOT have turned it inside out. shoulda left it on, and got ejected from the stadium. Guarantee she would have recieved a lot more than 1 free ticket to the next game

  14. psunick - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I would like to take Ms. Eiden out for a beer and a brat!

  15. El Bravo - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I wore a Craig Calcaterrible shirt to his underground compound and Craig wouldn’t let me in.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Maybe he thought you were Francisco.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      He shoots – he scores!

    • El Bravo - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Man, people don’t like our fun loving back-and-forths do they, historio?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        What’s the opposite of a fanboy? Haterboy? I got a bunch of those.

      • El Bravo - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        That still makes them followers technically ;)

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Sweet! I think I stole them from paperlions.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        PS You better have added Braun to the Douchenozzle list (and you might as well add A-Rod for trying to end run his boss to the press).

  16. kinggator - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    The guard also was the Assistant to the Regional Manager and named Dwight

    • richeich - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      I believe it!Whimps

  17. rcali - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Ballpark personnel having God complexes, shocking. Thankfully she didn’t put a paper bag on her head or the CIA, FBI, NSA, and ATF would have showed up and sent her to prison for life. Uh, oh, now I got the feds listening to my phone conversations.

  18. mjglady68 - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I think the brewers should let fans wear their fraud jerseys after all that is what Ryan Braun is especially since he lied to everybody last year

  19. coltzfan166 - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Freedom of speech?

  20. richeich - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Where,, not here!

  21. onbucky96 - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Typical Miller Park security. These jackasses get on you if you have your feet on the rail or a soda, yes, soda on the egde of the Loge Bleachers. Then don’t say a word when kids lean over the rail to try and get a ball between innings. God I really am starting to hate my Miller Park experience. I now see more Timber Rattler games(low A) than Brewers. Mark A, fix the Security/Ushers.

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