Why Nike should not be allowed to sell baseball jerseys
Nike should never be allowed, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, citing the company’s history of discriminating against black athletes and its failure to provide uniform sizes for players.
The decision comes as a result of an ongoing lawsuit against Nike and the MLB over the team’s policy.
The suit, filed in June, argues that Nike’s uniform size policies violate the Fair Housing Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the First Amendment’s equal protection clause.
In a ruling issued on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the NFL’s policies were discriminatory and amounted to racial harassment and intimidation.
The case has been filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, as a part of its lawsuit against the NFL for its handling of the Kaepernick protests.
The NFL has not commented on the ruling.