Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/16/14
The college athlete apologists are out in full force, and completely missing the point about what is at issue. You may not agree with the rule, you may think college athletics are wrong to profit from amateur athletes, and that is fine and dandy, but what is at issue at this very moment is not the Ed O’Bannon vs the NCAA lawsuit. It’s that the NCAA is investigating Johnny Manziel for violating one of their bylaws, which prohibit college athletes from accepting money for promoting or advertising the commercial sale of a product or service. Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly receiving a five-figure payment for signing sports memorabilia upon his arrival to Florida in January to watch the BCS National Championship. See, that’s a no-no. There is a written rule. It isn’t for any current athlete to challenge, because they will lose if they admit to it. But that isn’t stopping many outlets from jumping on their high horse to point out what they believe to be the hypocrisy of the NCAA. Look, I understand that arguments for that, but let us not lose sight of what happened here. For the past several months, most of [...]
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