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Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: September 8, 2010 11:48 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Head coach Mark Richt and the University of Georgia have stayed fairly quiet regarding the eligibility of star wide receiver A.J. Green.  He has been practicing with the team and participating in activities, but his official status on the depth chart is "TBD."  On Tuesday, Richt said he hoped to hear an official word from the NCAA by the end of the week.  

The nature of his investigation was rumored to be agent-related, but Green has repeatedly denied attending an alleged agent-sponsored party in South Florida.  A report from ESPN.com on Wednesday seems to confirm that the issue does not deal with agents, but instead with the sale of game-worn jersey.
A person familiar with the NCAA investigation told ESPN.com that Green did not sell his jersey on e-Bay and received less than $1,000 for it. The source said Green has been forthcoming and honest with NCAA investigators, but added there were "some twists and turns" involved with the case.
There is little precedent for such a case, as there were not any rules regarding the sale of memorabilia until 2003.  Interestingly enough, it was a case of Georgia football players selling 2002 SEC Championship rings which prompted the institution of such rules.  

If Green were cleared, he would be able to make an impact immediately for the Bulldogs, changing the face of the offense against division rival South Carolina on Saturday.  Reports say that Georgia could hear official word from the NCAA regarding Green's status as soon as Wednesday, but the suspension (if any) is yet to be determined.


Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 7:04 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

It's so obvious why your reputation is 0.....right where it belongs.  These kids all have free choice.  No one forced them into NCAA football.  Slavery?  That's a laugh.  If you knew how derogatory it was to compare the two, perhaps you wouldn't have made such a reckless comment.  These kids have it made compared to the poor souls who were forced to leave their homeland and perform hard labor for tyrant Southern farmers without so much as a thank you.  When you decide to leave NCAA football, you don't get bull whipped or killed.  I have also yet to hear of a player having their wife or girlfriend raped by the NCAA as was common during slavery days.  Your comments and comparison are so ridiculous it's sad.



Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

And they severely blow out a knee their sophomore year, football scholarship is gone, & where do they stand now?? No free food, no free housing, no free tutoring, & no free education.  NCAA football today is modern day equivalency of slavery




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:27 pm
 

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You are missing the point.  These kids are given a golden opportunity to advance to a league that will make them rich beyond their dreams.  If you come from a poor background, you have already endured living without.  There is absolutely no reason why any student athlete who will be a prospective pro in the coming years should ever jeopardize that avenue by violating NCAA rules.  These kids are all presented NCAA rules when they enroll at the school, so ignorance is not an excuse.  These kids may not be able to work part time jobs, but they get free food, free housing, free tutoring, and everything else needed to keep them academically eligible and provide them with an education.  Whether they go on to become professional athletes or not really doesn't matter.  They will still have an education that would benefit them for a lifetime if they choose to take advantage of it.  Extra money will only resort in these kids getting themselves in trouble.  This is all about greed and wanting to put yourself before the team.   



Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

You are undoubtedly from the more affluent social circles to be unable to understand the position that a large portion of these student athletes find themselves.  While their education (tuition, books, and board) costs are picked up by the school, the schools absolutely do not provide funding for car notes, auto insurance, fuel, personal incidentals, or even money for entertainment.  It is nearly impossible for these young student athletes to work at part-time jobs for spending money as a large majority of the less affluent students work.  Most of their "free time" is used to work at their sport for the school. I assume your spending money was provided courtesy of mummy and daddy throughout your school attendance.  Unfortunately, a large number of the student athletes do not come from these types of backgrounds and if they don't provide the money for themselve, they do without.    You are a SNOB who has no clue!



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:55 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

They get room, board, tuition, and a book allowance. They also are eligible to recieve Pell Grants up to the maximum financial aid level at their university. That assumes their family can provide some support, which doesn't seem to be much of a problem. After teaching at a university for almost a decade I seem that most student athletes wear new clothes (including expensive team jerseys), $100 shooes, and most have cars. I think the whole "can't afford a pizza" story is just a tall tale to justify giving them a hefty allowance.

Did I mention the big per diem payments they get on the road that they can pocket after they pay for their meals.



Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:17 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

What a joke the NCAA, is nothing more than pimps. So what he sold his game jersey it was his.



Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

Don't be a jacka$$ Sparky,  A.J. Green is the real deal.  You'll find out when the Rams take him with the 2 or 3 next year.



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

Go Blues' comment is pure ignorance.  Do you have any idea how good this kid is?  He is rated to be the #1 WR taken in the next NFL draft.  He is a man among boys out there.  He rode a unicycle and juggled four balls at a time when he was a kid.  He can gracefully control his body, while making contact in the air, but still rip the ball out of defenders hands and take it to the house!!!

While his jersey should NOT sell for near a thousand dollars, it should still get way more than $5-$10.  When you think AJ Green, think Larry Fitzgerald or Randy Moss.

Go Dawgs!!!



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

...and there are many children in asia that would love to have a job that pays 20 cents a day to work in this sweat shop.





Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Source: UGA's Green sold game jersey

They do it's called an education. A lot of kids in America would love to be in there shoes. If they want paid go to the CFL for a year than they get paid. If a free education fro a top University isn't enough don't play.


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