NYPD Eject Fan who tried to go to bathroom during "God Bless America"
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The NYCLU seems inclined to follow through with last year's promise to sue
the Yankees over their policy of confining fans to their seats during the
national anthem and "God Bless America," which is played during the seventh
inning stretch. Yesterday Red Sox fan Bradford Campeau-Laurion, a Queens
resident, told us about his rough ejection from Yankee stadium at the hands
of the NYPD after he tried to go to the men's room during the seventh
inning's moment of mandatory nationalism Monday night.
Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU, tells CBS 2 that "because
they are enforcing a rule of that imposes political correctness through
refusing to let somebody go to bathroom while a patriotic song is playing,
that violates Constitutional rights." But Michael C. Dorf, a constitutional
law professor at Columbia Law School, disagrees; he told the Times last year
that ³it doesnıt violate the Constitution, because the Yankees are not the
government. If they were a municipally owned team, you could have an issue
because the team would be a state actor.
A spokesman for Yankee Stadium is referring inquiries to the NYPD and
calling it "a police matter." A statement from the NYPD reads, "The officers
observed a male standing on his seat, cursing, using inappropriate language
and acting in a disorderly manner while reeking of alcohol, and decided to
eject him rather than subject others to his offensive behavior."
Campeau-Laurion says that he only had two beers during the game, which he
attended with a Yankees season ticket holder who says the police are make
sure you're sitting down lying! He tells CBS 2: "That's ridiculous. That's
completely false." But until some videotape surfaces, it's their word
against the NYPD.