Beginning with the 2022 season, Cleveland baseball legend Jim Thome will no longer be watching the Cleveland Browns in person at FirstEnergy Stadium with his season tickets.
Thome, his wife, Andrea, and their family have been Browns season ticket holders for years, but they are looking to get a refund for those tickets as soon as possible.
— WKYC 3News (@wkyc) March 28, 2022
Andrea took to Twitter to explain their situation.
What Andrea Thome Posted
As 40 year Browns fans, they feel as though they cannot continue with their season ticket membership now that the Browns have traded for Deshaun Watson.
“Very sad after 40 years as a fan, but this is my line in the sand. I believe women. Especially when there are 22 of them. That press conference did nothing to change my mind.”
Because their tickets were prepaid, she is seeking a full refund.
She has devised an excellent backup plan if a full refund is not possible.
They may not give us a refund. But I sent the letter today. If @Browns won’t refund—-I will auction off every single game and publicly donate every cent to different women’s crisis charities in N.E. Ohio, raising awareness week by week during the season.
— Andrea Thome (@AndreaThome) March 26, 2022
Mrs. Thome described her plan as follows:
“I will auction off every single game and publicly donate every cent to different women’s crisis charities in N.E. Ohio, raising awareness week by week during the season.”
What Will The Browns Do?
It is not clear how the Browns will handle Andrea Thome’s request.
She is likely not alone in her desire to cancel her season tickets though she may be more high-profile than other fans.
On the other side of the coin, there is probably a long list of fans interested in scooping up Browns season tickets.
#Browns Jimmy Haslam: “It appears there are way more people renewing than canceling (season) tickets”… Dee adds that they understand the strong feelings people have and that it’s been a difficult journey
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 25, 2022
It is what the Browns had to anticipate as part of the fallout from the Watson trade.
One press conference with Watson is not nearly enough to calm intense personal feelings about this issue.
Everyone is entitled to their feelings and should act accordingly without judgment since this goes far beyond football.