Do you Believe He Can Fly? Royce White and Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act for NBA Players with Anxiety Disorder and Fear of Flying

Academic Article


  • This Article examines the legal ramifications of Royce White, a basketball player with general anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, playing in the NBA. White's conditions cause him to have a fear of flying, thus making it difficult to play in the NBA. This subject is without precedent in sports law and, because of the unique aspects of an NBA playing career, lacks clear analogy to other employment circumstances. This dispute also illuminates broader legal and policy issues in the relationship between employment and mental illness.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • 2014
  • Published In


  • ADA
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • EEOC
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • NBA
  • NBA Draft
  • National Basketball Association
  • Royce White
  • antitrust law
  • collective bargaining
  • contract law
  • fear of flying
  • labor law litigation process
  • phobias
  • reasonable accomodations
  • union representation
  • Start Page

  • 397
  • End Page

  • 438
  • Volume

  • 41