Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quotation for Today: The NCAA's Discriminatory Attitude Toward Disadvantaged Athletes?

There are two things that I no longer do: One is watch any television show on Rupert Murdoch's Fox television stations and the second is watch National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA)-sanctioned college sports. Today's quotation, across the jump, addresses one of the reasons that I don't watch NCAA-sanctioned college sports.

It is not an accident that most serious N.C.A.A. “scandals” involve athletes and parents who are disadvantaged. It smells of discrimination.
Joe Nocera
Joe Nocera is a columnist for The New York Times. In his recent columns he has written about the egregious behavior of the NCAA and how it destroys the lives of young athletes and their families. 

The specific case Nocera is writing about in the column cited below involves a poor single mother, Tanesha Boatright, who received personal assistance from friends.  Without providing a full explanation, the NCAA perceived that aid to be 'improper third-party influence' and as a result the NCAA suspended Ryan Boatright -- Ms. Boatwright's son and a freshman athlete at the University of Connecticut  --  from playing with the UCONN basketball team. 

Nocera, Joe. "Saving Freshman Ryan." The New York Times 30 January, 2012: online edition.

Related information:

NCAA Press Release.

Joe Nocera's Page on The New York Times web site. Here you can read Joe's series of articles on the NCAA's appalling behavior.

Update: Corrected spelling of last name for Ryan and Tanesha Boatright's. Originally misspelled as Boatwright.

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