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March-April  2016  * Volume  7, Issue 1

Banned at The Ballpark

Smokeless Tobacco

By Jordan Kobritz

      ajor League Baseball (MLB) kicked
      off the 2016 season on April 3 with
the familiar sights and sounds of players in
uniform, bats hitting balls, pitches plunking
into catchers' mitts, and fans cheering for
their home team. But one thing is missing
in seven of the 30 MLB ball parks: Smoke-
less tobacco.
  Baseball players have used smokeless
tobacco for more than a century, since the
days ofTy Cobb and Babe Ruth. Although
the federal Centers for Disease Control
(CDC)  says that smokeless tobacco use
among baseball players has declined over
the years, according to Matthew L. Myers,
President ofthe Campaign forTobacco-Free

Kids, an estimated 25-30% of MLB play-
ers currently use smokeless tobacco. That
number is surprising, considering that all
tobacco products are banned at the high
school, college and Minor League Baseball
(MiLB) levels.
  The  CDC  has long maintained that
smokeless tobacco can cause cancer, oral
health problems and nicotine addiction.
MLB  is a believer. In the minor leagues,
where players are not unionized, MLB
has banned the use of smokeless tobacco
since 1993 and signs are posted in all MiLB
clubhouses warning players of the dangers
ofusing such products. The posters include
graphic and shocking photos depicting
former players who used.
                 See Banned on Page 17

Court Sacks Pro Se Litigant Suing

Redsk ns for Fa ure to Exhaust

Administrative Remedies

    federal judge from the District of
    Colorado dismissed the lawsuit of
a pro se litigant, who claimed that the
Washington Redskins denied her work
because she is African American, female,
and a victim of domestic violence.
   In so ruling, the court reasoned that
plaintiff Loretta Hillware failed to first
exhaust the administrative remedies that
were available to her under the federal
anti-discrimination statutes, and the time
has expired for her to do so.
   Hillware alleged the following facts in
her complaint:

  In her former position with the New
Orleans Saints the she was... experienced
in business development, as well as sales
and marketing;
  She was well-respected and highly
regarded in a 5-state region for her deep
knowledge of sales and (accomplished)
marketing efforts.
  She established innovative concepts for
overall new business relationships, as well
as captured the retention offormer clients.
  Her career turned when she allegedly
became a victim of domestic violence
             See Court Sacks on Page 19


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