Les Bowen of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS reports from Eagles training camp this morning that head coach Andy Reid reportedly ordered a fan at the team’s practice to remove a Donovan McNabb Redskins jersey that he was wearing while standing on the sidelines.
(Fierro is reporter from ALLENTOWN (PA) MORNING CALL)
The fan, Jim Devlin, was a friend of a guest of the team that had been granted sideline access.
Eagles fan Jim Devlin, of King of Prussia, was directed to remove the Donovan McNabb Redskins jersey that he was wearing on the Eagles sideline at training camp this morning by security.
Devlin said that security told him that coach Andy Reid wanted the jersey removed. A team spokesman said he was unaware whether the directive came from Reid.
Devlin was on the sideline, not in the stands, on a guest pass, provided by friend Frank Deutchki, of Schwenksville, who is with him. A team spokesman said guests with sideline passes are supposed to be screened at the gate.
Devlin was surprised but also really angry. He was curious what other fans’ reaction would be so he also wore the jersey to Sunday’s Phillies-Mets game.
Deutchki now has the jersey in a bag, with Devlin wearing a red T-shirt.
Two things on this.
1) Like it or not, if you’re the guest of an NFL team with special access to the field, there’s a certain modicum of respect that goes with that privilege. Wearing the jersey of another NFL team while in that situation is inappropriate, regardless of what name is on the back.
2) Devlin wearing the same McNabb Redskins uni to a Phillies games as, “he was curious what other fans’ reaction would be,“ tells anyone with a functioning frontal lobe that Devlin is only wearing the jersey to bring attention to himself.
Even if Reid wasn’t the person who initiated the directive that the jersey be removed, the Eagles weren’t being unreasonable in their request.
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