The guy that would rather pee than stand for ‘God Bless America’ is suing the New York Yankees

17 April 2009

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.ย  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.


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26 thoughts on “The guy that would rather pee than stand for ‘God Bless America’ is suing the New York Yankees”

  1. Patty from Quartz Hill

    LOL As you know, I am as patriotic as the next guy (gal), but when ya gotta go, ya gotta go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Patty from Quartz Hill

    LOL As you know, I am as patriotic as the next guy (gal), but when ya gotta go, ya gotta go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Patty from Quartz Hill

    LOL As you know, I am as patriotic as the next guy (gal), but when ya gotta go, ya gotta go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Patty from Quartz Hill

    LOL As you know, I am as patriotic as the next guy (gal), but when ya gotta go, ya gotta go! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dave from TEA Party

    First, everyone can hold it for the two minutes the song takes. Second, I am sick of the sue someone mentality. The twerp should have just wet his diaper.

  6. Dave from TEA Party

    First, everyone can hold it for the two minutes the song takes. Second, I am sick of the sue someone mentality. The twerp should have just wet his diaper.

  7. Dave from TEA Party

    First, everyone can hold it for the two minutes the song takes. Second, I am sick of the sue someone mentality. The twerp should have just wet his diaper.

  8. Dave from TEA Party

    First, everyone can hold it for the two minutes the song takes. Second, I am sick of the sue someone mentality. The twerp should have just wet his diaper.

  9. I had myself surgically sealed so such events will never happen. Then when I turn 50, I’ll simply go to a quiet field and explode.

  10. I had myself surgically sealed so such events will never happen. Then when I turn 50, I’ll simply go to a quiet field and explode.

  11. I had myself surgically sealed so such events will never happen. Then when I turn 50, I’ll simply go to a quiet field and explode.

  12. I had myself surgically sealed so such events will never happen. Then when I turn 50, I’ll simply go to a quiet field and explode.

  13. This should have not even made the news. Where are we headed when some lunatic can sue and win over such stuff – should have been laughed off in court and the guy reminded that he was able to come to court because of this great country we live in — and that would have been settlement ENOUGH! Too many lawyers – way too many lawyers.

    1. So you’re OK with someone telling you when you can pee? We live in a great country because we have rights. When those rights are trampled upon (as they were in this situation), it’s up to lawyers to fight for those rights.

  14. This should have not even made the news. Where are we headed when some lunatic can sue and win over such stuff – should have been laughed off in court and the guy reminded that he was able to come to court because of this great country we live in — and that would have been settlement ENOUGH! Too many lawyers – way too many lawyers.

  15. This should have not even made the news. Where are we headed when some lunatic can sue and win over such stuff – should have been laughed off in court and the guy reminded that he was able to come to court because of this great country we live in — and that would have been settlement ENOUGH! Too many lawyers – way too many lawyers.

    1. So you’re OK with someone telling you when you can pee? We live in a great country because we have rights. When those rights are trampled upon (as they were in this situation), it’s up to lawyers to fight for those rights.

  16. This should have not even made the news. Where are we headed when some lunatic can sue and win over such stuff – should have been laughed off in court and the guy reminded that he was able to come to court because of this great country we live in — and that would have been settlement ENOUGH! Too many lawyers – way too many lawyers.

    1. So you’re OK with someone telling you when you can pee? We live in a great country because we have rights. When those rights are trampled upon (as they were in this situation), it’s up to lawyers to fight for those rights.

  17. Seems like if this really was an emergency and the guy wasn’t a complete dick, he’d have communicated that “I’m sorry, I really have to go”, and the goons would have been pacified. I wasn’t there so I can only speculate, but something tells me he was probably a jerk about it- which still doesn’t excuse the heavy-handedness of the security folks.

    Another possibility- he knew exactly what he was doing. Caused a scene, thought out how to get security’s attention, and schemed to get a lawsuit going.

    Just a thought- I might try this, myself. Watch the news for me:)

  18. Seems like if this really was an emergency and the guy wasn’t a complete dick, he’d have communicated that “I’m sorry, I really have to go”, and the goons would have been pacified. I wasn’t there so I can only speculate, but something tells me he was probably a jerk about it- which still doesn’t excuse the heavy-handedness of the security folks.

    Another possibility- he knew exactly what he was doing. Caused a scene, thought out how to get security’s attention, and schemed to get a lawsuit going.

    Just a thought- I might try this, myself. Watch the news for me:)

  19. But Lee, should a grown man need to ask permission first before going to the restroom? They put there hands on him because he wanted to go pee during the 7th inning stretch.

    I think it’s dumb that the Yankees play God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch, though it could be worse. The Orioles play Thank God I’m a Country Boy. At least they let you go pee during it.

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