U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin has ruled that the NFL Draft rule regarding early entry…
Judge Rules in favor of Clarett
The league had argued that Clarett should not be eligible because its rule resulted from a collective bargaining agreement with the players and is immune from antitrust scrutiny. The NFL also argued that its rule is reasonable and that Clarett cannot bring such a lawsuit.
"While, ordinarily, the best offense is a good defense, none of these defenses hold the line," the judge wrote in a 70-page ruling. "The NFL has not justified Clarett's exclusion by demonstrating that the rule enhances competition," Scheidlin wrote. "Indeed, Clarett has alleged the very type of injury -- a complete bar to entry into the market for this services -- that the antitrust laws are designed to prevent."
She said Clarett could bring the lawsuit because he was fighting a policy that excludes players in his position from selling their services to the only viable buyer, the NFL.
Maurice Clarett played one season at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship. After being barred from playing in the 2003 season for accepting improper benefits from a family friend and then lying about it to investigators, Clarett sued the NFL last summer to challenge the league's draft eligibility rule.
Clarett has stated that he may apply for reinstatement at Ohio State no matter the outcome of the ruling. However, that reinstatement is now in jeopardy after a recent ESPN report linked Clarett with several improper actions, including ties to a known gambler.
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