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From: ESPN.com news
On Monday, the appeals court said Clarett was "no different from the typical worker who is confident that he or she has the skills to fill a job vacancy, but does not possess the qualifications or meet the requisite criteria that have been set."
I believe this line supplies the hidden meaning that the court was trying to express. NFL is a private business and they can set the requirements for employment, just like a bank or a major company that requires a certain degree.