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Eau Claire man removes Ryan Braun license plate


Eau Claire (WQOW)- Major League Baseball has banned Ryan Braun without pay for the rest of the season. The Milwaukee Brewers slugger accepted a 65-game suspension. Braun and other players have been tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

An Eau Claire man says he never believed Braun was clean and demonstrated that in a unique way around town.

"Enough was enough and I thought we need to move on," explains Eau Claire resident Jeff Tollefson.

If you've driven around Eau Claire recently, you may have seen a license plate that reads 8CLEAN.  It belongs to Tollefson.  He got it last year after listening to Braun explain why he was innocent following a failed a drug test.

"I went to the DMV to renew a plate and all of a sudden, you could go to that site and you could put in any combination of letters or numbers and I just started going," Tollefson remembers.  "8CLEAN came up and I thought, that's kind of funny.  In spite of what he's been saying, he's probably dirty."

For the last year, this plate was on this car.  But after enough harassment from fellow drivers on the road, the plate had to go.

"A couple people were a little more aggressive with their gestures and you could tell they were probably supporters," Tollefson says.  "They didn't like the fact that I was kind of poking fun at him."

But the jeering didn't stop there.  Even though the plate is now gone, Tollefson's name has become synonymous with the controversy.  He received text messages throughout the day on Monday once the news broke about Braun's suspension.

"People knew I had the plate and once it came down, I kind of paid the price for my jesting of Mr. Braun," Tollefson points out.  "He's got to feel just terrible and if he does get his reputation back, that's great.  But I just can't see it happening and he does deserve what he's going to get."

His car now hosts a new license plate; a Green Bay Packers one that reads NOWORY.  He's hoping this one draws a little less attention.

Tollefson isn't the only one who has decided to part ways with Braun.  Kwik Trip announced Tuesday that it would be pulling an ad featuring Braun.

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