TOWSON, Md. -- Two longtime Baltimore Colts fans have filed a $30 million suit against the NFL franchise and owner Robert Irsay, charging the team's move to Indianapolis caused them severe emotional distress.
In a suit filed Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Robert and Mildred Sachse -- who have held Colts season tickets since 1953 - seek $5 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages on behalf of all past Colts season-ticket holders.
According to court documents, the Towson couple charge the Colts' nighttime departure of equipment in moving vans last week was intended 'to humiliate and degrade the plaintiffs and those similarly situated, including all residents of Baltimore.'
The Sachses also alleged the Colts' move caused them 'to suffer severe depression, severe physical and emotional disability, severe disturbance of mental and emotional tranquility and mental distress of a very serious kind.'
'What else could we do to express our feelings? We've been fans from the beginning,' said Mrs. Sachse, when asked why she and her husband took legal action against the Colts.
The suit is believed to be the first filed by Baltimore football fans since the team's move to Indianapolis.