UConn Star: I Go to Bed 'Starving'
Lawmakers take notice of Shabazz Napier comments
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2014 7:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Shabazz Napier's star performance in last night's NCAA championship game is drawing attention to comments made last week that further stoke the debate over whether to pay student athletes. Napier was last week asked about the National Labor Relation Board's ruling that Northwestern football players were employees who could unionize. Napier said he didn't think he was an employee, and didn't want "hundreds of thousands of dollars," but did think he should be paid, NBC reports:

  • "Sometimes, there's hungry nights where I'm not able to eat," he said. "When you see your jersey getting sold, to some credit, you feel like you want something in return … There are hungry nights when I got to bed and I'm starving."

His comments are drawing attention now because CNN featured them in an article yesterday, reporting that they'd inspired Connecticut lawmakers to try to allow UConn to unionize. "He says he's going to bed hungry at a time when millions of dollars are being made off of him. It's obscene," one rep said. "This isn't a Connecticut problem. This is an NCAA problem." Napier also made some waves with his postgame comments last night, in which he loudly criticized the NCAA's ban on UConn for poor academic performance. "Ladies and gentlemen, you're looking at the hungry Huskies," he told the crowd, according to USA Today, before he got cut off. "This is what happens when you ban us."

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Apr 10, 2014 11:31 AM CDT
I doubt very much that he's "starving". He just wants a 'slice of the pie' that big business is making off his efforts. Not to different from my own company wanting me to do work that is not part of my job description. Want me to fix that sign for ya? - cut me a check. Want me to do the janitors job for ya? - cut me some of the janitors pay! Wanna sell my Jersey for profit? - slide me some of that! Otherwise, kiss my arse!
Apr 9, 2014 10:36 AM CDT
Obviously he was using the word "starving" as a figure of speech… I don't know why others who have commented are acting as if he literally thinks he's starving.
Apr 9, 2014 9:59 AM CDT
Big deal. As a former high school and college wrestler I know that most of us went to bed hungry as we were trying to make a lower weight class. If he were that hungry then why did he not go to his coach for help. This is a bovine fecal matter story.