Brewers fans are no doubt dealing with Ryan Braun's suspension in myriad ways. One fan decided to don a Ryan "Fraud" jersey to Miller Park, only to be told to turn it inside out or kindly leave the stadium.
Eidem had this to say, "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."
For those uninitiated, Braun was suspended for the rest of the season for, "violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," via ESPN.
The Brewers, for their part, saw the error of their officials' ways and have offered the following mea culpa:
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.
For lack of a far more sophisticated response, the phrase "no duh" is all we have to offer.
The fans are undoubtedly frustrated with Braun, a huge story not helped by the fact the team is in last place in the NL Central.
Had park security avoided confronting her, few would have known about the shirt. Perhaps a fan or two would have remarked and chuckled at it.
However, the quickest way to draw attention to the huge PED elephant in the stadium is to make this fan turn her shirt inside out or go home.
That ultimatum has caused the Brewers to be faced with the one thing they were trying to sidestep going forward—more media coverage that their biggest star is suspended for the rest of the season. Now you have reports of this incident from Fox News, ESPN, The Big Lead and many others.
The important part is the club seems ready to move on with class, despite the actions of some overzealous park officials.
Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger was on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News on Friday" and had this to say, via Milwaukee's NBC 4:
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.
Really, this is just an odd story that comes days after the Brewers were hit with a bombshell for which no club could properly prepare.
Braun may be out for the year, but he is still making an impact, just not in the manner the club nor the fans would have hoped.
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