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Well, it’s no secret that the NCAA final released their sanctions today regarding USC, and the three scapegoats; Reggie Bush, O.J. Mayo and John Carroll. If, you haven’t heard, earlier, USC imposed their own sanctions as it relates to their basketball program, while the NCAA was left to decide the future of the football program. USC will receive a two year bowl ban and a loss of more than 20 scholarships; possible forfeiture of wins from the 2004 season. Students and universities receiving illegal gifts and/or benefits under the NCAA is nothing new, however, something that has always remain an enigma to me is that the NCAA have not consider changing their rules and guidelines to incorporate, as well as protect the Student Athlete ‘Unpaid Labor’. In this case, the NCAA, NIKE and USC made millions off of Reggie Bush and O. J. Mayo, money that they will never see or touch.

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When recruiters are soliciting these athletes to attend their school, surely they are aware of the economic status of this individual and their family. So are we really shocked that Reggie’s family alledgelly moved into a rent free house or that he was driving a nice car? Let’s be honest, most of these student athlete’s are poor and black. Atheletics, as seen by most, is their ticket to freedom. Was the NCAA rules violated on some level? Of Course! But asking those involved to admitt guilt, would be like like asking President Bush to admit that he made a mistake when the USA invaded Iraq and Afganistan. Reggie Bush is a talented athlete. His career and stats speaks for itself.

Did he and his family display poor judgement, possibly. But, I never had the burdern on my shoulders of providing my family with a better life. We saw the games during the 2004 season; USC and Reggie Bush were the best. He earned the Heisman Trophy and should not be stripped of it. And for the NCAA, get it together! These players work  and train hard for three years before they can even be considered eligible for the NFL. Some of them will make it, but a large majority won’t. Not to mention, one wrong hit could possibly end any future career! The NCAA has to address this issue among corporate sponsors and universities, rather than ban-aiding the problem.

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And Reggie Bush, don’t worry, at the end of the day, most people don’t even know that this drama is taking place because they are to concerned wondering if you and Kim K. are back together………

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