Yank fan's 7th-inning stretch from hell

Aug. 28, 2008 at 3:42 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (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.

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