Cam Newton, junior quarterback for the Auburn Tigers, was recently investigated after a person from Mississippi State University mentioned that it would “take some cash” to get Newton to sign a letter of intent. A sum of $180,000 was mentioned, but so far the NCAA has found Newton to be innocent of the charges. The quarterback’s father denies that Newton accepted the money, and has confirmed that the family is very poor. Some people are still not convinced, and believe that Newton did indeed accept the money.
In September 2005, Reggie Bush, who is the current running back for the New Orleans Saints, was awarded the Heisman Trophy while playing for the California USC Trojans. However, it was soon revealed that Bush had accepted over $290,000 in gifts from sports marketers while playing for his previous team. Bush reportedly refused to repay the gifts after signing an endorsement deal with Adidas. He was then sued and his NCAA violations made public. USC was then entered into a 4-year state of probation and Bush was asked to give up his trophy. His low level of ethics caused him to be the first athlete forced to give up his trophy in 75 years.
In 2007, Derrick Rose achieved an NCAA record in wins for men’s basketball. Shortly after this, however, he was accused of allowing someone else to take his SAT test. Rose reportedly failed his ACT three times but needed to be a freshman in order to be eligible to play college basketball. The wins were stripped away from the Memphis Tigers because they were playing with an academically ineligible player. Rose, however, is now playing as a point guard for the Chicago Bulls. He obviously didn’t lose anything for his duplicity.
Trev CdeBaca, soccer player for the University Of Saint Mary, was accused of sexually assaulting a drug- and alcohol-incapacitated woman on Feb 7. The University refused to comment about the case but the president of the university, Sister Diane Steele, noted that the charges were appalling and would violate the school’s values. CdeBaca was allowed to return to his home until the preliminary hearing. The woman assaulted is believed to be between 16 and 20 years of age, but not yet in college.
Despite the fact that these individual cases have been widespread over several years, it is surmised that almost all college athletes take at least some money before or after signing their contracts. Sexual assaults from athletes are far too common, and many athletes are guilty of bullying and emotional abuse. While this does not mean all university-level athletes are facing ethics issues, if you are signing a contract that will make someone else millions of dollars it is not really WRONG to take a small sum of money. Merely against the rules. I personally believe that, until college athletes are paid, they will still be accepting money for play.
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