Green Bay fan sues over Bears' sideline ban on Packers gear

Green Bay fan sues over Bears' sideline ban on Packers gear

Green Bay fan sues over Bears' sideline ban on Packers gear

Also in Chicago, a Packers fan with Bears season tickets has made a decision to sue the team after he was denied access to a pre-game event at Soldier Field during the 2016 season for wearing green-and-gold Packers gear.

"It sounds made up".

Coming up on The Now: Milwaukee at 6:30 p.m.: Reporter Shaun Gallagher talks with Russell Beckman about his lawsuit against the Chicago Bears.

A Green Bay Packers fan claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday the Chicago Bears violated his First Amendment rights.

Beckman said he asked the Bears to reconsider in phone conversations, but they declined.

The Packers and Bears have played 194 times. I love it to death. But one thing the Bears won't stand for is letting a fan in Packers gear stand on Soldier Field.

The filing includes a photograph of the lifelong Green Bay fan in a green-and-gold Packers jersey with other garb.

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Beckman lives in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, near the IL state line and holds Bears seasons tickets. He sells the others. Six days before last season's game, Beckman received an email with a list of rules that included a ban on "opposing team gear".

"Honestly, we were blown away, and so was everyone at the wedding once they saw the final product", said Zalovick, who has been a Packers fan since age 5.

Beckman said in the suit that the Bear's dress code "deprived me of my ability to fully enjoy this specific on-field experience". "I tried to resolve it". He writes in the lawsuit that he wants the court to order the Bears to allow fans on the field in whichever team gear they want.

The Bears continued to say that the opposing team gear would not be allowed.

After trading emails with Bears ticket employees who reiterated the policy as written in the terms and conditions of the offer, Beckman showed up anyway and was denied access to the field, the suit alleges.

The way Russell Beckman sees it, the NFL's oldest rivalry game is all about Bears and Packers fans.

Beckman said the media attention and the response from all the football fans for and against him on social media is overwhelming. "I don't want to be in people's faces, but when I go to games, I like to wear my jersey. I spent eight hours doing interviews", Beckman said.

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