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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Two sides speech in sports

This whole thing is interesting and ironic for what it says about sport and speech. Orioles outfielder Adam Jones harshly criticized fans who run onto the field, suggesting first that players should be able to take a shot at kicking the fans while wearing spikes, then suggesting fines of $ 10,000 plus. What I liked about Jones' opinion were the following comments:

Cuss us out, let us have it, give us a ribbing, remind us of our last five at-bats if they've been terrible, please do, but just stay off the field because you're just causing a problem that doesn't need to be caused.

So Jones just made the best defense of the fullest scope of cheering speech.

Of course, MLB is "reviewing" Jones' comments, perhaps for some punishment. Meaning that while Jones is arguing for a broad vision of fan expression, MLB is pushing a much narrower vision of athlete expression.


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