A federal jury decided this week that New Brunswick, NJ violated Lawrence Blatterfein's First Amendment rights by refusing to let him open a sports bar called Buck Foston's and that he's owed $1.535 million for his troubles.
In his complaint, Blatterfein accused the mayor of being out to get him because the guy is a Red Sox fan.
By a vote of 6-1, the jury in his civil suit in New Jersey federal court in Trenton agreed Blatterfein's rights had been abridged, although they took no formal position on whether it was because the mayor's heart belongs to a team 250 miles away.
NJ.com reports the mayor said he opposed the bar not because of its name but because of its location at a busy intersection.
In his lawsuit, Blatterfein claimed:
For avid sports fans, the play on words "Buck Foston's" is evocative of a century-old sports rivalry between the New York and Boston sports teams, including between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots and the New York Jets and New York Giants and between the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers. In selecting the name "Buck Foston's," Blatterfein intended to attract to his restaurant the large population of New York sports fans in and around New Brunswick.
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