Last year Bradford Campeau-Laurion was ejected from a baseball game at Yankees stadium because he tried to leave his seat during the start of the seventh-inning stretch to use the restroom. The problem is that this is when the Yankees play God Bless America over the PA system. Fans are supposed to stand and show respect.
They are not supposed to go and relieve themselves.
A police officer stopped Campeau-Laurion and instructed him to return to his seat. Campeau-Laurion refused, saying that he really had to go pee. When Campeau-Laurion tried to step around the officer, the officer grabbed Campeau-Laurion’s right arm and twisted it behind his back. A second officer grabbed Campeau-Laurion’s other arm and twisted it behind his back. They then marched Campeau-Laurion out of the stadium, where one of the officers told him that he should leave the country if he didn’t like it.
Bradford Campeau-Laurion is now suing the New York Yankees.
The police, of course, are disagreeing with Campeau-Laurion’s account of what happened. According to them, Campeau-Laurion was a drunk who was standing on his seat and loudly cursing, “reeking of alcohol.”
If that were true, why didn’t the police arrest Campeau-Laurion?
Even if I didn’t hate the New York Yankees, I would side with Campeau-Laurion on this. The seventh-inning stretch is intended to be a time for fans to get up and, well, stretch. It’s not supposed to be a time for faux patriotism.