Ohio State Football: Are 'Ink for Ink' NCAA violations true?
Can't imagine that this is going to blossom into something huge. As one poster in the blogosphere wrote, if Ohio State players get suspended for getting a free tattoo, and Cam Newton plays in the national championship game, something is wrong here.
Well, I don't have an opinion either way on that. But in tOSU's instance, the bottom line is this: NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from receiving any benefits that a regular student couldn't receive. It's probably a pretty safe bet that the majority of students on Ohio State's campus culdn't walk into the tattoo parlor in question and trade their autograph for a free tat.
So that's the violation in question.
Did it actually happen? The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the school is investigating whether all this went down. Ironically -- as often happens in situations like this -- it was a fluke. Apparently, police were already investigating the tattoo parlor's owner for unlawful activity separate from any Ohio State football involvement, when the "ink for ink" thing cropped up during the investigation.
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