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Monday, June 4, 2012
Packers fan ripped for taking shoe from kid

By Matt Lindner
Special to

The clock has started ticking on Robyn Ereth's 15 minutes of fame infamy.

The Wisconsin woman was captured on video wrestling a shoe away from a boy at a charity softball game on Sunday.

Not just any charity softball game, though. And not just any shoe.

The game was hosted by Donald Driver, the veteran Green Bay Packers wide receiver and "Dancing with the Stars" champion. As Driver walked off the field following the game at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, Wis., he threw one of his cleats into the stands toward a boy wearing a No. 85 Greg Jennings jersey.

The video, posted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, clearly shows the boy grabbing Driver’s shoe before having it ripped from his grasp by Ereth, who was carrying a homemade replica of the "DWTS" mirror ball trophy.

Reaction on the Internet, such as the following tweet from sportscaster Jen Lada of WITI-TV in Milwaukee, hasn't been kind.

Just witnessed most disgusting thing. @Donald_Driver80 throws shoe into stands. Grown ass woman rips it out of young boy's hands. Despicable

— Jen Lada (@JenLada) June 3, 2012

Ereth didn't seem apologetic after the incident. She posted a photo of herself and two other women posing with the cleat on Facebook, along with the comment, "Donald is missing a shoe!!!thx Donald!!!!"

After seeing the video, Driver himself posted the following message on Facebook in hopes of finding the boy and making things right:

"Had a great time at my charity softball game, but I just saw a truly disturbing video of a grown woman snatching one of my cleats from the boy I threw it to in the stands. I want to get this boy the cleats he deserves! Can you guys help me find out who he is so I can get them to him??? Thank you Packer Nation!"

Shortly after that, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tyler Dunne located the boy and tweeted the information to Driver.

Just heard from the family again, @Donald_Driver80. Boy is Stephen Wagner. Have connect here.

— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) June 4, 2012

Yep. You can safely say people take their football seriously in America's Dairyland.