The claim stems from Fournette’s time in high school, when the phrase “BUGA Nation” — which stands for “Being United Generates Attitude” — became associated with him.
The report says a man named Paul Price paid $10,000 to create a BUGA Nation website, which was launched in 2014 and later taken down. Three business owners also admitted to offering Fournette’s family a $20,000 discount to further the initiative, which has reportedly not yet been paid back.
The website featured merchandise for sale emblazoned with the star running back’s catchphrase. Fournette’s family reportedly requested his image and name not appear on the site, but LSU colors were reportedly used.
The university told USA Today on Thursday that it has no evidence of written communication between the NCAA and Fournette over the matter.
- Kayla Lombardo