This is about as angrily eloquent a rebuttal to the “whattaya mean student-athletes aren’t compensated?” line of thought as you’ll ever read.
Keep in mind there’s no famous football player involved. No booster. Not a whiff of an agent. No dad shopping his child to the highest bidder. No Saban-ish roster management (hell, Saban treats his kids in a similar spot a helluva lot better than Syracuse’s women’s basketball coach did). It’s merely a cautionary tale about one of those 400,000+ student-athletes the NCAA loves to remind us “will be going pro in something other than sports.” In other words, it’s the kind of thing that routinely goes on under the radar.
While there’s something profoundly un-American about telling someone they can’t market themselves, sadly, this part sounds like it fits right in with what we’re all about these days:
The reason why this happened is because they do not care. The bottom line is you are not a student-athlete as they love to profess to the world, you are an athlete-student, and you are there for one reason and one reason only. You can keep your grades up enough to remain eligible, but then again, that’s only so you can be able to play.
Just like most people, I roll my eyes when I read the over the top plantation talk and calls for college athletes to unionize or strike. I hope it never happens. But I’m not going to lie and claim I don’t understand why if it ever does.