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Sunday, September 13, 2009
One of these days . . .

one of these lawsuits will finally work and hopefully stadiums and owners, especially over-officious guys like this one, will just stop doing stupid things like this.

Three New Jersey high-school students have filed suit in federal court, alleging that they were berated by a team President/Owner and ejected from Newark's Riverfront Stadium for failing to stand during "God Bless America" at a Newark Bears game. According to the lawsuit, the owner went up to the three (one of whose father is a lawyer) and said "Nobody sits during the singing of 'God Bless America' in my stadium," . . . "Now the get the (expletive) out of here." When the students pointed out that they had a right not to stand, he responded that they were underage and he could do whatever he wanted to them. The GM and co-owner met with one kid's father and apologized and offered free tickets, but the owner at the center of the events was not at the meeting and has not apologized.

The story does not indicate the status of Riverfront Stadium, which obviously is key to the First Amendment claim. They also have claims under state public accommodations law; New Jersey actually has a pretty strong one.


Frankly, I'm surprised that nobody has discussed the Kentucky high school coach who took his football players on a field trip and had 9 of them baptized, but it was completely "voluntary." God Bless America!

Anonymous Anonymous -- 9/13/2009 6:56 PM  

That story is posted on the FIU SELS blog located at:

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Blogger Pbenn001 -- 9/14/2009 10:57 AM  

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