• At The Stadium & Gotta Go? Then You Better Be In The Know

    Posted by on August 29th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    By now, I’m sure that you’ve heard the story about the Sox fan who was tossed from Yankee Stadium on Tuesday for making a bathroom run during the playing of ‘God Bless America.’ If not, here it is, via the UPI

    A New York Yankees fan says he might sue after he was allegedly ejected for trying to use the Yankee Stadium men’s room while a patriotic song was playing.

    Bradford Campeau-Laurion told WCBS-TV in New York Thursday that the seventh-inning stretch seemed like an opportune time for a pit stop during Tuesday’s game against Boston. However a police officer allegedly blocked his departure until the traditional recording of “God Bless America” was finished playing.

    Campeau-Laurion said when he protested that his priority at the moment was the rest room, two officers pinned his arms behind him and gave him the bum’s rush out the gate.

    “He shoved me out the front gate and told me get out of their country if I didn’t like it,” Campeau-Laurion said to the television station.

    A police spokesman told WCBS that Campeau-Laurion was abusive and appeared to be drunk, which Campeau-Laurion and the person he was attending the game both denied.

    The Yankees have a policy that prohibits fans from wandering around when “God Bless America” is playing, but the American Civil Liberties Union said having the police throw someone out for simply wanting to use the bathroom probably crossed the line, WCBS said.

    Note that this story says he’s a “New York Yankees fan” – but, I’ve read in many other places that he’s a fan of the Boston Red Sox.

    So, the Yankees have this “policy” – and it’s not something new…I shared it here back on May 10, 2007.

    At the end of the day, it’s their house and they can make the rules. And, if you want to hang out there, you have to play by those rules…I suppose.

    Earlier this year, my six-year old daughter had her first “belt ceremony” at the dojo that she attends. The sensei there is also a member of law enforcement. Before the ceremony, he played a recording of Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem. And, he preceeded this by announcing “We’re going to play the National Anthem. It’s going to be sung by Whitney Houston – before she got messed up on crack. It’s required that everyone here, students and guests, turn, face the flag, remove your hats, and pay respect to the flag while this song is being played. If you can’t do that because of some religious, political, or whatever belief, you can leave now.”

    And, everyone complied. Again, it’s his dojo and he’s the sensei – so, he can make the rules…and you better follow them if you want to be in there. This is no different than what the Yankees are doing. If the Sox fan doesn’t like it, go watch a game in Fenway Park.

    Comments on At The Stadium & Gotta Go? Then You Better Be In The Know

    1. MJ
      August 29th, 2008 | 10:22 am

      Patriotism need not be enforced by such harsh measures. The security response seems pretty extreme and over-the-top, in my opinion.

    2. ken
      August 29th, 2008 | 10:28 am

      If the Yankees are so motivated by patriotism, then why did they stop playing the pre-game national anthem during the telecast rather than moving it to pre-telecast? (As all other professional sports teams did about 20 yrs ago).

      I guess honoring America is more important than a person’s need to pee but not more than the financial imperatives of television.

    3. pertutti
      August 29th, 2008 | 10:43 am

      A cop throwing someone out of the stadium because he wanted to pee during the 7th inning stretch is outrageous.

      If your patriotic self values freedom of expression as much as you do flag waving you should be supporting this guy’s right to go to the bathroom. And you should be speaking out strongly for this guy’s right to express himself and not be harassed for doing so.

    4. Raf
      August 29th, 2008 | 11:25 am

      Classic case of overcompensating.

      I have friends and family who served, and they don’t see the need to throw the things they have done in everyone’s face. They had a job to do, and they did it. That’s it, end of story.

      Having said this, we only have one side of the story, but given Stadium security, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if this were true.

    5. jamesonandwater
      August 29th, 2008 | 1:29 pm

      Sometimes I miss living in NYC and having season tickets, but crap like this and the sunscreen business and the many other gazillion ways that the too-thick-to-become-real-cops gang over there can make an ordinary joe’s evening miserable just make me glad I’m gone. What a prick (the security guard).

    6. August 29th, 2008 | 4:27 pm

      FWIW, according to the Daily News…

      “A police spokesman said Campeau-Lampion was thrown out because he was ‘standing on his seat cursing, using inappropriate language and acting in a disrespectful manner while reeking of alcohol.'”

    7. August 29th, 2008 | 4:57 pm

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