Redskins: Take All the Pix You Want
Come on back, photographers, the stadium's safe. The Washington Redskins are apologizing to a University of Maryland student who was removed from his seat at this season's home opener, questioned by security officers and had his camera confiscated--all because he was taking photos of the game and his friends.
Redskins senior vice president Karl Swanson tells me that the officers who took Reza Farhoodi's camera and the team official who told the fan that "professional" cameras are banned from the House That Jack Built acted in error and that a Skins manager will contact Farhoodi to convey the team's regrets.
"Our stadium policy clearly states that still cameras are allowed," Swanson said in an email this morning. "Video cameras are not. There is no distinction between a 'professional' and 'amateur' camera. The security guards were in error, and we appreciate Mr. Farhoodi including his seat location so they can be spoken to. This is a perplexing one, which never should have happened. Mr. Farhoodi will be hearing from stadium management, who clearly will be offering an apology."
I just called Farhoodi, who was pleased to hear that the Redskins are admitting fault.
"I knew they were wrong," the student said. "I'd been to several games with my camera before with no problem. I'm glad they finally came to their senses. I just wish they hadn't taken me out of my seat. I just hope in the future, all their employees know the rules and don't hassle people."
Farhoodi will be shooting the next home game for this blog.
(No, he won't. Joke. Really. He won't. He's just a fan. Promise.)
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