Justices Won’t Mute Athletes’ Social Media Megaphone

CATEGORY: Authored Articles
CLIENT TYPE: Private Education, Public Education
AUTHOR: David Urban
DATE: Jun 24, 2021

LCW Senior Counsel David Urban was quoted in the June 24 Law360 article “Justices Won’t Mute Athletes’ Social Media Megaphone,” which explores the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision stating a public school overstepped by punishing a cheerleader for a “vulgar” social media post. The Court’s decision also found students could still face discipline for off-campus speech, a narrow decision that legal experts say reinforces the First Amendment rights of college athletes during a time of amplified online activism.

“There was a lot of anticipation that this case would talk about college speech in general and specifically athlete speech, but this decision really doesn’t seem to want to take that on. In that respect, I think it is a good development for student-athletes who want to engage in activism,” said David.

David further explained that the result of the case might bolster the First Amendment rights of college athletes, who presumably have a greater degree of free speech protection. Read more: https://bit.ly/2Uv9jxO

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