Leaping into League

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, February 5, 2004 - 11:00 PM
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Which is more impressive: defeating one team or an entire league?

Maruice Clarett can take his pick after a U.S. District Judge ruled Thursday that the OSU suspended running can enter the 2004 NFL draft.

Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled the NFL violates antitrust laws with its 1990 regulation prohibiting players from entering the league draft until they are three years removed from high school.

The NFL contends the stipulation is not a violation because the rule is part of the league's collective bargaining agreement; therefore, the league says the rule is immune from antitrust regulation.

Reports indicate the NFL intends to appeal the judge's decision.

For now, Clarett can enter the 2004 draft. The suspended OSU running back has not indicated his intentions yet. Clarett said at a news conference, "I was pleased that the rule was brought down.

"It gives kids an opportunity to choose."

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