Thursday, October 29, 2009

REDSKINS AND FIRST AMENDMENT KISS AND MAKE UP…SORT OF

Again, according to Dan Steinberg who is all over this story at D.C. Sports Blog (which he has taken to calling the D.C. Sports BOG for what seems like pretty obvious reasons), the Redskins have clarified the tee-shirt situation from Monday night.

Redskins Chief Operating Officer David Donovan said this about the shirts:

"Our policy regarding messages on T-shirts and other clothing is simple: if it doesn't display profanity, it's fine," he said. "It's not our policy to regulate clothing based on the message it displays. We've heard the anecdotal reports that some stadium personnel were being over-zealous in their handling of this matter Monday night. We apologize to any fans who were inconvenienced as well as fans who were distressed by the reports, and we'll be working with all stadium employees to be certain that the policy is correctly enforced at future games at FedExField."

He also addressed the issue of security messing with fans' shirts on 106.7 The Fan's Mike Wise Show, saying:

"Look, I don't know if that's anecdotal, because listen, I'm ultimately in charge of stadium operations, and we don't make anybody turn shirts inside out."

And later, he said this:

"With respect to t-shirts, unless there was something obscene on t-shirts, then somebody with our security got a little overzealous and I'll make sure that doesn't happen again....What these things commonly are as you guys both know is one story gets told and then somebody else tells the same story and then pretty soon you've got four people recounting the same event as if it was four separate events."
To read more, click here.

For more on the dreadfulness that is the Redskins, managements denials and fan frustration, click here.

But then, the same evening during WUSA-9's 11 pm Tuesday night broadcast, and after a piece about Redskins fan dissatisfaction and the recent ban on signs, the program cut back to anchor Derek McGinty in the studio, who said this:

"Tonight the Redskins have seemingly escalated things again; they've banned media interviews with tailgating fans on FedEx Field property," McGinty said. "They told our sports director Brett Haber that this has always been team policy, but when he pointed out that we and other stations, including their very own broadcast partners, have in fact always talked openly to tailgaters, there was, well let's just say, no further explanation."

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