Paper: An Analysis of the Color Purple

Was it wrong? Yes. Did he apologize? Yes, at least a dozen times, but to some ethnic groups that have been wronged like this for hundreds of years, this is what they have been dealing with. As the people's outrage became more evident, Bud Selig, the commissioner of MLB, got involved. Selig gave in to the pressure and gave a demand that a mental test be performed on John Rocker. Strange, but fair. But it wasn't over. In the following weeks he also slapped Rocker with a 20,000 dollar fine and suspended him 45 days of spring training and the first 28 days of the 2000 season. If that's not enough, he was publicly addressed numerous times on his character as a person. People like Hank Aaron, the band Twisted Sister, and even his own teammates want nothing to do with him anymore. It also looks like he will be traded to another team. It almost seems like the life was taken from him just because he was expressing himself. Rocker has a right to express himself, but he must understand that everything has repercussions. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." This 1st amendment is what sets the United States apart from everyone else. In 1776 the Continental Congress unanimously approve this one of many rights which became the foundation of our country. And now, after hundreds of years, this right will be tested. This amendment would only protect Rocker if Major League Baseball were a public league. The law protects the public, and that is why golf clubs can choose who is a member and who isn't, because it is private. Just like Marge Schott was suspended by major league baseball for her comments about Blacks and Jewish people. So in short, the 1st amendment won't help Rocker in this case and is really a lost cause....