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UConn’s Napier, on athletes unionizing
Connecticut Mirror [Hartford, CT], by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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Posted By:muncsdad, 4/7/2014 1:13:50 PM

Shabazz Napier, point guard for The University of Connecticut´s men´s basketball team, recently told reporters he understands why athletes at Northwestern need a union, as he sometimes has to go to bed "starving" because he cannot afford food. "We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn´t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don´t have enough money to get food and sometimes money is needed," the senior told reporters. "I think, you know, Northwestern has

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Yet another reason to pull for the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 4/7/2014 1:23:56 PM     (No. 9801225)

"he sometimes has to go to bed "starving" because he cannot afford food."

Oh, yes, that´s absolutely right. People attending college on athletic scholarships only get room, not board. They´re supposed to be working in de cotton fields to earn their food.

It seems that an education, not to mention irony, is lost on this young man.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Subal, 4/7/2014 1:29:54 PM     (No. 9801231)

Then quit and go to work.
I doubt you´ll ever graduate and seek a professional position.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: DaddyO, 4/7/2014 1:30:50 PM     (No. 9801233)

Good thing I was never talented enough to play D1 basketball, I´d hate to think that all those years going through school eating peanut butter and canned spagetti it could have been worse.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: wilko, 4/7/2014 1:32:54 PM     (No. 9801235)

They get more food than they can eat and if they miss a meal it´s their own fault. That little punk needs a wake up call, and I´m sure he´s going to get some feedback.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 4/7/2014 1:33:00 PM     (No. 9801236)

Let´s face it. Sports IS a job, athletes are employees, and student athletes are trainees. Get sports out of the realm of taxpayer paid college scholarships, and let professional sports organizations foot the bill for all college athletic programs. Let them unionize if they want - it´s now a job, NOT education. Let the pro sports orgs write the contracts of conditions for trainees and how much in compensation. Otherwise - dang near every bit of compensation is going to be coming out of the pockets of taxpayers.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fayebeck, 4/7/2014 1:34:29 PM     (No. 9801237)

Leave the starving out of it and Napier is absolutely right. Whether or not unionizing is the right way to go, the athlete should be compensated for the sale of his name on a jersey. Coaches can violate rules and the athletes pay while he goes on to the Seahawks or another team and continue his career.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: shmowry1, 4/7/2014 1:37:47 PM     (No. 9801244)

What a crock. The revenue generating sports at my school got something called "training table" every day. This was a full buffet of food for those athletes only. I was a student athlete in a non-revenue generating sport, so the best I could hope for was getting the highest GPA in my sport, and then the admin would graciously allow me to go to training table ONCE and with the football players. What a crock he goes to bed starving.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man, 4/7/2014 1:43:57 PM     (No. 9801248)

Of Obama had a son, he would tell lies just like this guy.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: nimby, 4/7/2014 1:47:25 PM     (No. 9801251)

Sheesh!! Ever heard of earning a living??

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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/7/2014 1:53:24 PM     (No. 9801256)

According to an article elsewhere, his single mother (of three) raised the family alone. It was a struggle. It often is.

I doubt that he has a hungry day now. He is a typical activist type who is using his current bully pulpit for change. One writer compared him to Sprewell, who said his children were starving - while he was buying an expensive yacht, calling Napier´s story "hyperbole". Another of Obie´s sons.

Here is Napier´s mother. She appears to be well-nourished, as does he:

http://blogs.courant.com/photo/UCMenSecondBlog66.jpg

We have no dog in tonight´s fight, but after reading this rubbish we´ll be rooting for Kentucky!!!!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: zoidberg, 4/7/2014 1:53:31 PM     (No. 9801257)

Unless you´re a Kentucky alum, there´s no reason ever to root for the Wildcats.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 4/7/2014 1:57:22 PM     (No. 9801262)

If college`s are forced to pay player`s who decide to unionize, then why not scrap the scholarship programs and just hire players who didn`t make it to the pro`s, or player`s from Europe/Canada, etc. Why pay a student`s room/board a-n-d playing time when you can just pay for playing time?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/7/2014 1:58:37 PM     (No. 9801264)

They shouldn´t squawk too much or they could end up like minor league baseball players. Very low pay and a grueling schedule in mostly unglamorous locales.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: whitegoldwing, 4/7/2014 2:18:10 PM     (No. 9801293)

College athletics is a multi-billion dollar business. It is essentially the minor leagues for professional sports.

I say go ahead and pay these kids a modest sum. If they want to unionize, tax them on every dime of tuition, food and every other benefit they get.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 4/7/2014 2:20:21 PM     (No. 9801299)



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Reply 16 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 4/7/2014 2:26:00 PM     (No. 9801304)

A college student? at that level on an ´athletic scholarship´ receives room, BOARD ( food ), and often additional perks, such as a part-time job. This student´s coach ought to sit him down for the final game and teach him what life is really about, because IF he is lying in public, he has learned nothing in college. The only job he is prepared for is politician.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jackson, 4/7/2014 2:34:20 PM     (No. 9801317)

It took me a while to respond. My eyes were so watery and swollen from crying so hard. Shabazz must needs mo food. That way he can grajuate wit his degree in communications and not have to suck up to de man and play bassetball wit hunger in his belly...boohoohooo, here I go again...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mickturn, 4/7/2014 2:35:55 PM     (No. 9801319)

The real issue is that the Universities make hundreds of millions on the athlete´s efforts...that vastly exceeds any freebees on the education side. How about they start getting a piece of the action...like 75% divided among those in THAT sport!

Likely the fresman´s vollyball team would end up with 85cents/week...moral, pick a better sport or sign up to the equal pay for unequal work!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: KingBubo, 4/7/2014 2:44:50 PM     (No. 9801330)

Rick Pitino and Kevin Ollie enjoy their million dolalr shoe contracts, etc while these kids do most of the heavy lifting. Their jerseies sell quite well, but these kids don´t reap the benefit of it. Napier is guilty of exaggerating, but he has a point

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MMC, 4/7/2014 2:47:02 PM     (No. 9801334)

Payment is room board and tuition.. Plus fees, travel expenses, clothing, shoes, etc..

Get a paycheck for all that and tax man cometh! Tune will change

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Reply 21 - Posted by: JimS, 4/7/2014 3:27:47 PM     (No. 9801421)

Fine. Unionize.
Then pay taxes on the $100,000/yr scholarship, room and board that the university gives you.
But you just might need to know how to read to sign that contract.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: anotherctyankee, 4/7/2014 3:30:49 PM     (No. 9801431)

My grandchildren go to UCONN and Napier is a nice kid. He did exaggerate. I´m conflicted about the subject. Pay them, but no unions.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Calico Al, 4/7/2014 3:56:31 PM     (No. 9801475)

It looks like must get a lot more Tat money than food money.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Ret.TxLeo, 4/7/2014 4:06:38 PM     (No. 9801497)

Starving? Student athletes have the biggest food plan. Most colleges have them in a sports oriented dorm with a stocked kitchens, with prepared meals ready, sandwiches, fruit, cereals, snacks, gallons of milk, juices, sports drinks, bottled water, etc.. this is separate from their actual breakfast lunch and dinner they are provided in the student athlete cafeteria. And if he is that talented of a ball player, jump from high school into pro. All the whining and moaning about not being compensated. They are provided room and board, room and board that is way beyond what normal student is provided usually includes maid service, they have health care, trainers on call 24/7 to meet their sport related issues, nutritionists, transportation, etc. They are provided equipment, many times over, shoes, clothes, tutors, all school related needs are paid for.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 4/7/2014 5:44:28 PM     (No. 9801620)

Split it just like baseball. You want to get paid, you go play in the minors. You want a degree but no pay, you play in college.

I´d like to see a comparison within major schools of the average GPAs: baseball players versus football players. Anyone want to bet on how that would look?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 4/7/2014 7:08:14 PM     (No. 9801731)

President Susan Herbst should be called on the carpet for starving athletes. According to Bloomberg:
""UConn has a $312,000-a-year provost and 13 vice...who makes almost $275,000 a year. ..7 vice..13 deans. President Susan Herbst, who receives a $500,000 salary, has a $199,000 chief of staff."

The Shame

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