Friday, August 29, 2008

When you've got to go, you've got to go

A fan was ejected from this past Tuesday's Yankees vs. Red Sox game because he left his seat to go to the bathroom during the playing of "God Bless America" during the 7th inning. He was apparently in violation of a stadium rule.

I for one had no idea that a rule like this existed, but I like that there is a rule like this in place. I've been to a lot of sporting events in my lifetime and have seen way too many people either not paying attention or leaving their hats on during the playing of these patriotic songs.

The fan in question, Bradford Campeau-Laurion, stated that he was stopped by 2 NYPD officers working as security at Yankee Stadium as he was heading to the bathroom. Campeau-Laurion says that the officers told him that he would have to wait until the song was over before he could use the bathroom. Campeau-Laurion then stated "I don't care about God Bless America, I just want to use the bathroom". He says that the two officers then put his arms behind his back and escorted him out of the park. The officers told him that if he didn't like it (the song), then he can get out of the country.

Who is at fault here? Let's start with the "victim". God Bless America is at best a 2 minute song, right? I don't know why he couldn't have waited, or even gone before the song started. He must have known that he had to go before the song started, two beers doesn't just sneak up on you. Then, when the cops stopped him, he had the nerve to say that he doesn't care about God Bless America? He had the nerve to say it to 2 NYPD officers? It's understandable that these two took such offense to him saying that he doesn't care about the song. I don't know for sure, but I'd bet that these two gentlemen were involved in or knew someone who was involved in 9/11.

All that I know from the story is what they said on this video so other things may have happened. From the story told on this video, the cops probably reacted too quickly and harshly. They could have informed this gentleman of the stadium rule (like I said before, I had no idea that one existed). The video states that the cops wrote in their report of this incident that this man was acting very inappropriately and smelled like alcohol.

My take on this situation is that the fan that got ejected was at fault. Even if he didn't know about the stadium rule, he should have known better. When the national anthem or God Bless America is playing, we all need to pay attention and give it the respect it deserves.

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