The NCAA might be able to prevent Josh Huff, a senior wide receiver for the Oregon Ducks, from charging people admission to his birthday party, but it certainly can't hold him back from speaking his mind.
Daily Emerald's Victor Flores reports on the flood of tweets pouring from Huff's account, most directed at the NCAA for its part in canceling his upcoming birthday soiree.
Now, to be clear, the NCAA, according to Huff, isn't stopping the shindig because it hates parties—the organization isn't that intrusive. No, it has issues with an amateur athlete charging money to throw a massive party.
As we have seen in various stories this year, there is no shortage of people who take umbrage with that particular stance.
Thanks to Flores and Huff's Twitter feed, here is how things stand:
Sorry ppl I can't have my party bc of the NCAA sorry for the inconvenience ! So my party is cancelled.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
@DwaynesComeTrue u can but I wasn't doing that.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
So it's okay for the NCAA to make money off of my name and likeness but once I go to charge ppl to get in my party it's a problem? Crazy.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
I'm just a student-athlete who's trying to make more money to survive off of bc being a student athlete should be treated as a full time job— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
I don't mean to be a distraction but I honestly feel as if the NCAA is full of bs.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
Over the NCAA ! Hope the players union win the case bc y'all are just down wrong for how y'all treat us athletes.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
Don't get me wrong I appreciate the scholarship and the degree I have— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
But for them to make MILLIONS off student athletes and our names is wrong. Do the math of all the hours we spend each day and yearly on— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
the sport we love. You'll see we're getting paid less then minimum wage at $4 hr. I'm very blessed and grateful but its just not right.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
Can't charge ppl to get in my party and had to cancel where I lost $1500 that I won't get bck bc my friends made a flyer lol what a joke— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
We take a humorous break for a fan who is concentrated on what he believes is the biggest item in all of this swirling mass of controversy: keeping Huff on the field.
@BigPanda32 can't get in trouble for speaking my opinion.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
Huff finishes things off with a reminder: The NCAA may take his ability to charge money, but it will never take his ability to party.
I wasn't trying to be a distraction but I feel like sometimes ppl forget that we are human before we're student-athletes.— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
My PARTY is CANCELLED but there's a party going next weekend you should be excited for— Huff 2Live (@Huff_Era_1) October 17, 2013
As with anything NCAA-related in the past couple of seasons, you can always make a connection to Johnny Manziel. The preseason was dominated by Manziel, allegations he received money to provide his autograph to a broker and the ongoing debate over amateur athletics and the massive amounts of money the NCAA garners because of them.
Manziel's story served as a reminder that collegiate stars don't really own their names. Making money off their autographs, something available to any superstar or celebrity, is prohibited.
But it's not like the NCAA is actually making money off "names" anyway.
Before we leave, we simply have to remind you of ESPN's Jay Bilas and the compelling, albeit hilarious, search queries he delivered on Twitter in the wake of the Manziel controversy.
We will only give you one to jog that memory of yours.
Essentially, you could hop on NCAA's online shop and look for a name and purchase a jersey because of that name.
Of course, the media buzz around this caused the NCAA to look into its online tool and disable it.
For Huff, his plight will hardly transform the way the NCAA treats athletes and their ability to make money.
What it will do is keep the debate going as to amateur athleticism in this country, and more specifically those athletes taking the gridiron in front of stadiums filled with fans and millions watching from home.
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