There are plenty of companies and organizations who seemingly only exist to bring pain and misery into the world but there aren’t many out there worse than the NCAA, also known as the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. of sports.
There are countless examples out there attesting to how draconian the NCAA can be thanks to the impressive number of awful rules and regulations teams are forced to abide by in order to avoid suffering its wrath— like the time they banned student-athletes from getting free cream cheese to put on their bagels.
I’ll never miss out on the opportunity to reference that certified banger.
In the past year alone, we’ve seen more than a few instances that have reinforced just how far programs will go to avoid suffering the wrath of the organization, like Auburn, who self-reported after opposing fans threw money at the team’s basketball players as they left the court.
We also can’t forget the time they banned an Auburn football player from playing because he used CBD— a totally legal substance— to prevent seizures.
Auburn just can’t catch a break.
The NCAA reported over $1 billion in revenue in 2017 much to the chagrin of Johnny Manziel, who put the organization on blast for refusing to pay players.
However, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more egregious case of just how scared people are of the NCAA’s iron fist than that case of Christion Abercrombie.
Abercrombie, a linebacker at Tennesee State, suffered a debilitating injury during a game last weekend and ended up in the hospital in critical condition after taking a blow to the head.
According to SB Nation, fans quickly rallied behind the player and set up multiple GoFundMes in his name to help pay for his treatment in what would have been an inspiring story if it wasn’t for the NCAA.
On Tuesday, two of those fundraising drives were removed from the site after fears they were in violation of an NCAA policy concerning how money can be distributed to players.
It’s worth noting the GoFundMes were only shut down in the fear of retribution of the organization, which claims it’s currently working with Tennesee State to make sure funds will be distributed in a proper manner.
However, the SB Nation editor responsible for the post said the NCAA didn’t address the claims that they were planning on eschewing the online drives in favor of an officially-sanctioned fundraiser.
The NCAA might not be directly responsible for the pages being pulled but the mere fact that they were highlights just how scared people are of pissing them off.
Let’s just hope reason will prevail.
More importantly, let’s hope Abercrombie will make a full recovery
Thankfully, one GoFundMe is still active if you want to make a contribution and stick it to the powers that be.