(SP) – The Cincinnati Bengals are attempting to respond to the negative feedback the organization has received for taking Joe Mixon in the second round of the draft today by announcing that all fans who have a crime committed against them by a Bengals will receive 30% off the price of a single ticket for a regular season home game.
“We obviously understand that some of our fans feel certain things about adding Joe Mixon,” said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “Especially since we continue to employ and champion the likes of Pacman Jones and Vontaze Burfict and so many more like them. That’s why I think it helps to show we are proactive and ultimately on the side of the fans here. It’s a win-win scenario for the fans. We get players we want and, if something bad happens to them, they get cheap tickets.”
According to the fine print in the offer posted on the team’s website, a player must be convicted of a crime in order for the offer to be valid. And tickets to home games against the Steelers will not be awarded. Also, only felonies count, not misdemeanors, and if a fan is murdered by a Bengals player, the 30% offer does not transfer to another person.
Bengals owner Mike Brown said he hopes that the team will not often have to use the discount program.
“Fans should put the team first,” said Brown. “So if they’re assaulted by one of our players and press charges, you have to really question if they’re actually Bengals fans at all.”