Settlement reached in fan lawsuit

Settlement reached in fan lawsuit

Baseball fan Bradford Campeau-Laurion has settled a lawsuit that claimed he was removed from Yankee Stadium by a police officer because he left his seat to use the restroom during the playing of God Bless America, The Associated Press reported.

Campeau-Laurion had named the Yankees and New York City in his federal lawsuit and argued that he was a victim of political and religious discrimination, and that his rights were violated at a game last August.

The city did not admit liability in the settlement, but it will give Campeau-Laurion $10,001 and will pay $12,000 in legal fees to the New York Civil Liberties Union. The settlement was finalized Monday.

According to the report, the Yankees will pay nothing, and said in settlement papers that fans at the team's new stadium are allowed to move freely during the song. There are no plans to change that.

"Policy remains as it always has been: Fans are free to move about during the playing of God Bless America," Alice McGillion, spokeswoman for the Yankees, told The AP.

"God Bless America," written by Irving Berlin in 1918, was played at ballparks throughout the country when baseball resumed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Although it was discontinued in some cities in the seasons that followed, it remained a fixture at Yankees games.

The city's law department had no comment.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.