Texas fan told to nix 'suck' shirt

May 29, 2009 at 6:27 PM
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ARLINGTON, Texas, May 29 (UPI) -- A Texas woman attending a baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees said she was asked to turn her "Yankees Suck" T-shirt inside out.

Kristen Knapp-Webb of Carrollton said she went to the game Tuesday in Arlington with her husband, Walter, to celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary and she wore the T-shirt, which was an anniversary gift from Walter, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

Knapp-Webb said a security guard at the stadium approached her before the game and told her she needed to turn the shirt inside out or leave the ballpark.

"I said, 'But it's not profane. Why do I have to change my shirt?'" Knapp-Webb said. "He said, 'The Texas Rangers organization considers that shirt to be profane.'"

Knapp-Webb said she turned her shirt inside-out in the restroom, but left the game shortly after the incident.

Rangers spokesman John Blake said the T-shirt policy is part of a fan code of conduct implemented after complaints about similar shirts.

"That particular phrase is one we've received a lot of complaints about," Blake said. "That kind of thing is offensive to a lot of people, especially if you have young children and that kind of thing. And I think that's why we have that policy."

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