By any moral standard, the NCAA fleeces college athletes of revenue they generate for their universities. Contrary to the NCAA member institutions, which profit on the backs of these athletes, individuals are prohibited from using their likenesses and success on the field for financial gain. It’s an age-old debate that is being addressed by the College Athletes Players Association, which made its case before the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday at the Dirksen Federal Building in an effort to help members of the Northwestern football team gain recognition as a union. But by slinging mud toward the university from which he will earn his degree, former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter has gone about lobbying for the issue in the wrong way. In more than five hours of testimony, Colter went from being well-spoken to belligerently grandstanding as he accused NU of failing to pay his medical bills and of holding him back from reaching his full academic potential. He even compared the preparation of a college football player to that of a Navy SEAL readying for a military operation in Iraq. This issue concerns the NCAA’s bylaws, but Colter made it about tarnishing a program that has had a pristine reputation under coach Pat Fitzgerald. Colter made some excellent points about the overwhelming amount of time he dedicated to football. He further cited mandatory off-the-field commitments, such as certain team meals that players are forced to pay for out of their stipends, to support the idea they are employees.
Kain Colter’s attitude undermines his effort to unionize football players
Chicago Sun-Times | Feb 19