Gordon Johnston vs. The NFL Who Cried Wolf
Gordon Johnston didn’t want to be frisked. So as the 60-year-old high school teacher approached the gates of Raymond James Stadium here for a Buccaneers football game last month, he lifted the team jersey he was wearing to show it wasn’t necessary. He was concealing no bombs. It didn’t work.
So reports the Washington Post in “In Tampa, Fan Sues Over NFL ‘Pat-Downs’.”
Johnston is claiming “a constitutional right to put at risk tens of thousands of citizens of Hillsborough County because he prefers to watch NFL games live, in the stadium, rather than on television,” Richard M. Zabak, an attorney for the sports authority that owns the stadium, wrote in court papers. “A terrorist attack at a stadium during an NFL game could kill or maim thousands.”
Really, Mr. Zabak? Could you expand on that statement? What exactly could Mr. Johnston conceal under his shirt that could kill thousands?
The NFL may have a case here. But they sure don’t make it by scoffing (Washington Post’s term) at Mr. Johnston questioning their policy. There may even be reasonable reasons. I suspect if there were, they would have been put forth.
[Please feel free to comment in a respectful manner. Many of the comments that you see are on, or perhaps even over the line, but I’ve left them for now. Calling people idiots, or calling for their death, doesn’t advance the debate. Please feel free to explain why someone’s ideas are foolish. I’m particularly curious to learn why long lines of people waiting to be frisked are seen as a worse target than the inside of the stadium.]