On Wednesday ESPN's Kyle Bonagura reported that a spokesperson from the NCAA confirmed that Reggie Bush's request for his Heisman Trophy and college records to be reinstated had been denied.
According to ESPN, the NCAA spokesperson told Bonagura that "although college athletes can now receive benefits from their names, images and likenesses through activities like endorsements and appearances, NCAA rules still do not permit pay-for-play type arrangements." The spokesperson continued, "the NCAA infractions process exists to promote fairness in college sports. The rules that govern fair play are voted on, agreed to and expected to be upheld by all NCAA member schools."
Just minutes after the news broke, the former USC running back responded with two ambiguous tweets stating, "Stay tuned...." and "Mastering the art of patience and timing."
Later he released a statement from his attorney with the caption, "a sham investigation that's about to get exposed."
The letter writes:
"As the United States Supreme Court recently wrote: The NCAA and its member colleges are suppressing the pay of student athletes who collectively generate billions of dollars in revenue for colleges every year with enormous sums of money flow to seemingly everyone except the student athletes. While College presidents, athletic directors, coaches, conference commissioners, and NCAA executives take in six-and seven- figure salaries. The student-athletes, who generate the revenues, many of whom are African American and from lower-income backgrounds, end up with little or nothing. The NCCA's only justification for this shamefully inequitable state of affairs - that denying athletes compensation for their work is the defining future of college sports - is circular and unpersuasive. The NCAA's restrictions on compensation would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America.'
Today in the face of those words, the NCAA doubles down on its decade-plus draconian penalty of a teenage kid who had his award taken based upon a sham investigation. You have to wonder if profiting from kids for this long has clouded the NCAA's judgment as to why we have student athletics in the first place."
*This article was updated 7/28/21 6:09 PM*
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