AKRON — Wednesday’s trade of Browns running back Trent Richardson has left some season ticket holders feeling betrayed.
Scott Wall is the president of the Browns Backers Brigade, an official chapter of the Browns Backers in Akron. He is also a season ticket holder.
“Other teams have fans that are maybe, on a scale of one to ten, they are tens. We’re twenties. We watch our team lose week in and week out, year after year. We even watched them disappear for a few years and come back and we’re still here,” said Wall.
Wall said one officer of his club has already vowed not to renew his season tickets after Wednesday’s trade. Wall has not decided what he will do with his season tickets.
“As of right now, I know I wouldn’t have to be a season ticket holder next year because I’m sure I could pick up plenty of tickets for a lot less than face value from other people that aren’t going to go,” said Wall.
Mike Pitts is also an officer of the club and a season ticket holder.
“I have been a season ticket holder for three years. I have to wonder, after the recent turn of events, how much longer can I be,” said Pitts on Thursday.
“They promised a great show. Jimmy Haslam has said the fans will have an ultimate experience this year. We haven’t seen anything,” he added.
They have watched the new Browns administration part ways with the only kickers on the roster just days before the start of the season with no other kickers signed at the time to replace them.
On Wednesday, after two losses to start the season, they saw the team trade away its featured running back for a trade that might not happen until very late in next year’s first round.
“What happens if they (Colts) go to the playoffs and let’s say, God forbid, go to the Superbowl? Well, their first round draft pick just became worthless to us. I mean, it’s nothing more than a high second round pick, so what’s the purpose?” said Wall.
Lynell Hunt is vice president of the club and a long-time Browns fan. She calls the Richardson trade “heart wrenching.”
“After the first two starts, they gave up. It’s like after two starts, after two games, they gave up and I don’t understand why,” said Hunt. “We’ve been patient for many, many years and one day, we’re just all going to probably flip out, which is probably yesterday’s announcement.”