College Football Player Who Lost Scholarship Over YouTube Vidoes Can Sue School, Court Rules

A federal court has ruled that Donald De La Haye, a former kicker for the University of Central Florida Golden Knights who lost his scholarship and his place on the football team after making some money off a popular YouTube account, can sue his former school on First Amendment grounds.
The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida rejected the university’s attempt to dismiss De La Haye’s lawsuit, which will now proceed to the merits of De La Hoye’s free speech claims.
“We hope that today’s decision denying UCF’s attempt to dismiss this case will be a step toward protecting Donald’s rights and ensuring all college student-athletes’ free speech rights are protected,” says Jon Riches of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, a free market think tank and legal center that’s representing De La Hoye.
On his “Deestroying” account on YouTube, De La Hoye posted videos of his daily routines and workouts, along

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