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MILWAUKEE -- A Wisconsin woman said Friday she is still a Milwaukee Brewers fan, even though security at Miller Park asked her to leave a game after she changed her Ryan Braun jersey to read "FRAUD."

Karen Eidem, 37, of Pewaukee, said she papered over the letters "B" and "N" in Braun's name with the letters "F" and "D" on the back of her Brewers shirt after the slugger accepted a season-ending, 65-game suspension after admitting to violating baseball's rules on performance-enhancing drugs.

"A lot of fans complimented me on the jersey," Eidem told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "It was all meant in good fun. It wasn't meant to be derogatory."

'A lot of fans complimented me on the jersey. It was all meant in good fun. It wasn't meant to be derogatory'

-- Brewers fan Karen Eidem

Eidem said security tapped her on the shoulder while she was standing with friends at the ballpark Wednesday night. She said she was told her the modified shirt violated the fan code of conduct and she would have to change the shirt or leave. Eidem turned the shirt inside out and stayed for the game.

She said she later looked up the code and saw clothing or body art could not be profane or offensive. She said she didn't understand why the word "FRAUD" would be offensive.

WTMJ radio says the Brewers later issued a statement saying security staff should not have interfered and offered Eidem another game ticket.

"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 Brewers said in a statement Thursday. "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."

Eidem said she's been going to Brewers games "since I was a kid" and still is a fan.

"I think it was just a misunderstanding," she said.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 27, 2013 C4

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