Fan says anti-Vick shirt was barred

A fan from Delaware County said yesterday she was barred from Lincoln Financial Field before Sunday's Eagles game until she agreed to turn inside out a T-shirt critical of quarterback Michael Vick.

Kori Martin, 32, of Broomall, said she was wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "Losers fight pitbulls" on the front, with Vick's name and No. 7 crossed out. On the back, she said, were the words "You don't deserve a second chance."

Martin said she was stopped at the gate by security guards who said that she could not wear the shirt because it was offensive to players and that the policy came from top management.

After some discussion, she agreed to wear the shirt inside out and was allowed to enter the stadium.

Last night, Pamela Browner Crawley, the team's senior vice president of public affairs, said she knew of no specific policy banning such shirts.

Martin was unmollified.

"Not only has Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles organization supported a dog murderer by signing this convict," she said, "but now they want to take away my freedom of speech just because I don't agree with them?"

- Don McKee