The American Basketball Association has won a landmark lawsuit in New York state over a ban on its team wearing red helmets at games.
In a unanimous ruling by the New York Court of Appeals, the justices found that the ban violated a state constitutional ban on helmets that is on the books as of January 2018.
The ruling comes just a week after the NBA announced that it had reached a $1.5 billion settlement with the state.
The team is still considering whether to appeal the decision.
The American Basketball League was the first professional sports league to ban helmets in New Jersey in 1995, after several high-profile sports deaths.
The league’s previous ban on wearing helmets had expired in 2019.
The justices ruled that the state’s ban was unconstitutional because it was an infringement on the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.
The league was not allowed to wear helmets at all, the court said.
The justices also said that the team could not rely on the league’s lawsuit against the state to stop its ban.
The court also found that, even though the ban was illegal under state law, the NFL was not liable for its actions under the law because it did not have a legal duty to do so.