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As it continues to turn a blind eye to the allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence that plague many of its athletes — you know, contentious issues that we still need to decide whether or not are intolerable — it’s nice to see that the NCAA has chosen a battle during which we can all side with them: the battle against NCAA athletes being allowed to live the lives of normal college students.
Five University of Richmond baseballsmen (batsmen? baseballboys?), including star pitcher Keenan Bartlett and infielder/DH Kurtis Brown, are yet to play for the Spiders this season as they’ve been suspended for playing fantasy football.
From Richmond Times-Dispatch:
The five remain suspended as Richmond waits for the NCAA to address their status. Two sources said they were involved in fantasy football, an NCAA rules violation. The players’ fantasy football activity was reported directly to the NCAA, which contacted UR, the sources said.
NCAA rules state:
“You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required.”
I’m not going to go in on the NCAA and their asinine code of conduct that’s so strict it’s essentially the same as the Catholic Church’s qualifications for canonization; we all know their shit’s royally fucked — even moreso than the NFL’s, somehow — and that soon enough they’re going to go down for their absurd pattern of unfairness and apparent support of indentured servitude.
Instead, I’m going to present to you this: who the fuck is the narc who went and told the NCAA on these dudes for PLAYING FANTASY FOOTBALL? Was he the dude who came in last place last season and thought this was a clever way he could make the other guys in the league forget about the fact that he’s supposed to take the ACT with a bunch of high schoolers this month as punishment? The dude who got made fun of for drafting Jamaal Charles first overall? A spurned lover? A Russian hacker? Noted “Gangnam Style” singer Psy? Whoever they are, they’re a bigger narc than Grandex podcast producer Ham, who was once suspiciously quoted as saying “I’m not a fucking narc.”
The NCAA has won another battle, but the war is yet to begin..
[via Richmond Times-Dispatch]
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