Just because you can’t walk doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the right to endure verbal abuse from Donald Trump. That was the legal precedent established this week when a quadriplegic attorney agreed to drop his lawsuit against the producers of The Apprentice in return for their agreement to drop language from the show’s online application forms demanding that prospective players be in ”excellent physical” health.
St. Louis lawyer James Schottel Jr. had sought a federal injunction against the producers over the application language, the Associated Press reports. He said the revised application now reads, ”All applicants who believe they meet our criteria, including persons with disabilities, are welcome and encouraged to apply to be a participant.” He told AP, ”I think that’s satisfactory. I’m still a fan of the show, and I was pleased that the online application is going to be modified and that they have shown they have a commitment to consider people with disabilities. That was my goal from the beginning.”
As part of the agreement, neither Trump nor producer Mark Burnett was required to admit any wrongdoing. In fact, Burnett told AP, ”Even before we learned of this lawsuit, our staff in New York had already interviewed three persons in wheelchairs. We continue to urge all potential participants, including those with disabilities, who are interested to apply for the show.” And as always, manipulative, egotistical backstabbers with outsized personality quirks are especially encouraged to apply.