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Does Casey Martin have a right to ride a cart? We asked Roger Cossack and Greta Van Susteren, cohosts of CNN's Burden of Proof.
Van Susteren: "The golfers who are complaining about Casey
Martin need to read the law. The pro golf circuit is a business,
and because it's a business, the Americans with Disabilities Act
Cossack: "No. The PGA Tour has a right to define its own rules.
The fact that pro golf is a business doesn't mean that the ADA
applies here any more than it would to a blind man wanting to
drive in a NASCAR race. Now, having said that, I believe an
exception should be made for Martin due to his disability."
Van Susteren: "One reasonable way to resolve this case would be to give everyone a cart. Jack Nicklaus has testified that carts would tarnish golf's image on television, but Nicklaus should not be so concerned about TV. Here is a young man who has overcome a disability. He's a hero, and it would be a tragedy to take him out of the business of pro golf."
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Issue date: February 16, 1998
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