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Thursday, December 30, 2004  

You are never responsible for what you do

because you can always appeal to looney judges to absolve you.

NEW YORK — A federal judge ruled Thursday that Indiana All-Star Jermaine O'Neal (search) does not have to serve the final 10 games of his suspension for fighting with fans at the end of the Pacers-Pistons game last month.

Hours of legal arguments this week and last week focused on whether the brawl could be considered on-court or off-court behavior. Language in player contracts seemed to indicate on-court behavior is punishable by the league commissioner and cannot be appealed to an arbitrator.

League lawyer Jeffrey Mishkin argued that the fight with fans was on-court behavior, especially when players were "wearing an NBA uniform on national television."

Union attorney Jeffrey Kessler argued that it was not.

Guess who won the argument? It doesn't really matter what you do at work, apparently. Your employer has no rights to punish you. All behavior is protected.

This is what liberal law schools and judges have done to the notion of respect for authority (except the only authority we're supposed to respect now is the court's).

Of course, when people start suing the NBA for the behavior of those thugs in uniform, their failure to control the arena and the players, then the courts will rule that the NBA has all the authority in the world to take responsibility for that, I suppose.

A classic d***ed if you do. D***ed if you don't. What a world.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 9:16 PM |