The Associated Press
Thursday, February 5, 2004; 9:49 AM
New York -- Suspended Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett was ruled eligible for the NFL draft by a federal judge who concluded that a rule barring eligibility violates antitrust laws.
U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered the NFL to let Clarett participate in this year's NFL draft.
The NFL had argued that Clarett should not be eligible because its rule resulted from a collective bargaining agreement with the players and is immune from antitrust scrutiny.
She said Clarett could bring the lawsuit because he was fighting a policy that excludes all players in his position from selling their services to the only viable buyer -- the NFL.