Dutifully fultilling Project Mayhem, #10 - Return to Sender, Matthew Gray sends us the below letter and above image of his letter to the Bengals renoucing his alligience to the Bengals until they make wholesale changes, along with the Bengals merchandise he returned. Matt and his father actually flew to Cincinnati for a game this year, and to London for the NFL game there. And no more! Cheers Matt, keep up the fight.
Mr. Mike Brown
One Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
December 29th 2010
Dear Mr Brown,
May I wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays and all the best for 2011.
My name is Matthew Gray and I reside on the island of Jersey in the English Channel. My father is a native son of Ohio and as such I have supported the Bengals alongside him since my youth.
In 2010 we travelled to Cincinnati via London, choosing the Buffalo Bills game as we believed it was one we were likely to win, you can understand our disappointment that our primary reason for travelling to this section of the United States ended in such a displeasing manner. When one considers the travel expenses that were involved, the product we travelled to see was nothing short of shambolic. We did however enjoy our trip in spite of this visiting neighbouring Kentucky as well. It was such a shame that our primary reason for travel was in fact the one disappointment of our trip.
We also visited the NFL International Series event in London earlier this year, and no less than 5 people questioned/laughed and jeered at the team colors I was wearing, I was asked by multiple people why I still wore the jersey, and it was the first time in years that I felt that I was tired of standing up for us, that I excepted the truth, we are a terrible football team.
For all his detractors, Terrell Owens summed up how I, and a number of other fans feel about the team; 'I think there's underachieving from the top down," Owens said. "You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week."' Mr Brown, this team can never be more than a flash in the pan football team unless some serious changes are made. The Bengals organization and the Bengals fans deserve a legacy that they can be proud of, not one that they have to defend despite no results.
Mr.Brown, the fans deserve better than the product that we are receiving. The fans payed for your stadium, they fill it every week, they buy your season tickets and they buy your merchandise. In some cases your fans even fly across the world to cheer on a team that isn't worth their time and money.
I am not after an apology or any form of compensation that you could offer. All I ask for is that you consider the people who fund what you do, and what you think they deserve.
I am hereby terminating any form of financial support to your organization for the time being, I will not be travelling to Cincinnati in 2011 as I fear the near future holds no solution. I will no longer purchase merchandise and am hereby returning my Bengals jersey.
As I said earlier I wish you all the best for next year, but I cannot support a franchise that continues to exploit me, if you can ensure that my investment of time and money into this franchise is something worth continuing, a response to this letter would be met with great interest by my family and I.
Matthew Kevin Gray