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Bears should have punted when it came to barring Packers’ fan

December 18, 2018

Media bias is a more common term than practice, but that’s not to say it doesn’t exist.

Here’s an example: Because of Kankakee County’s long-standing loyalty to the Chicago Bears, a bond which was strengthened when Chicago chose to hold its training camp here beginning in 2002, the Daily Journal is a Bears’ newspaper.

We are thrilled the Bears knocked off archrival Green Bay on Sunday to win their first NFC North Division title since 2010. Nonetheless, there is one aspect of the game that remains troublesome.

Bears season ticket holder and staunch Green Bay fan Russell Beckman was not allowed to wears his Packers’ garb on the field before the game. As a season ticket holder, he had paid for the privilege to enter the playing area before opening kickoff, but because of a court ruling, he had to abandon the green and gold to do so.

A couple of thoughts:

As a season ticket holder, he already is supporting the Bears in a strong sense. As long as he wears clothes that are not obscene in nature, he should be able to dress as he pleases.

While the Bears’ franchise is a private business, the team plays their games at a taxpayer-supported stadium in Soldier Field. It belongs to the public at least as much as it does to the football team.

Lastly, there were 52 players and at least a dozen coaches and other team personnel wearing Packers’ colors on the Soldier Field surface Sunday. How does one more person make any difference?

We congratulate the Bears on the title. However, we don’t commend the decision to exclude the Packers’ fan.

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