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John Rocker Robert Sheridan bobsheridan I thought the rule was that we had freedom of speech, guaranteed by the Constitution. Which means you are free to say what you want, but you have to eat the consequences, such as getting a fist in the teeth or a defamation suit. People in certain organizations are apt to find themselves punished administratively for mouthing off too politically incorrectly. Cops for example. I don't want to see cops disparaging people by race. Military people, who traded in a lot of free speech for the sake of unity.

As to baseball players, I guess they have to act in a manner that doesn't bring discredit to their organization, which hopes to attract fans of all stripes. So I guess its okay to tell Rocker to stuff a sock in it, and fine him $10 grand to make him remember who he's working for.

He can still speak his mind, but it's gonna cost him. That doesn't seem too unfair.

Whaddya think?


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