Last Friday, a group of Dodger fans from Yuma traveled to Phoenix and supported their team against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While awaiting the start of the game from their dugout seats, the Hemmer family says the Diamondback organization confronted them about the blue and white clothing they were wearing in support of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The person the group claims made a demand for them to remove their clothing and memorabilia and then put on D'back clothing was the team's owner; Ken Kendrick. The Hemmers also added that the D'backs owner threatened to have them removed by security if they didn't comply with his demands.
According to Anna Hemmer, the demands go beyond Kendrick's authority. "He took away our 1st Amendment rights and there's nowhere on the back of the ticket or even on their website that you cannot wear any other team's attire in those seats. And for him to say he changed the rules five minutes prior to game time because he reserved the right is just unfair and violates all of our civil rights."
Even though the family would like Kendrick to make a public apology for the incident, they are also looking for compensation for what they call an act of discrimination. The Hemmers are also considering pursuing a discrimination suit against the Diamondback organization.