Fan Kicked Out for Leaving Seat During "God Bless America"

NEW YORK (AP) - A baseball fan who says he was kicked out of a
Yankees game because he left his seat during "God Bless America" has settled a lawsuit against New York City and the team.

The city did not admit liability and will give Bradford Campeau-Laurion of Queens about $10,000. It will also pay $12,000 in fees to the New York Civil Liberties Union.

A Yankees spokeswoman says the team will pay nothing and change
no policies. The team says in settlement papers that fans at its new stadium are allowed to move freely during the song.

Ushers at the old stadium sometimes blocked exits with chains during the song. But the team said they were instructed to let through anyone with an emergency.


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