The matter of Sharrif Floyd is one more shining example of how the NCAA Compliance Office is destroying the lives and futures of young men, coaches and sports programs just because they can. Long ago, the NCAA lost the moral authority to speak of “student athletes,” especially since we all know that they no longer exist after being replaced with INDENTURED SERVANTS.
WHEREAS, high school football player Sharrif Floyd was invited to the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio, Texas, for football trials, but the travel costs made his attendance impossible;
WHEREAS, Sharrif sold brownies at school for weeks that were baked for him through the generosity of special-education students;
WHEREAS, A board member of a non-profit group in Delaware also donated money to help defer the travel costs;
WHEREAS, The total amount raised by their collective efforts was approximately $2700;
WHEREAS, Sharrif Floyd was eventually scouted and enrolled at the University of Florida;
WHEREAS, Mark Emmert and the NCAA Compliance Office determined that the financial assistance given to Sharrif Floyd constituted "improper benefits" although none of the contributors were associated with the University of Florida, or boosters of the University of Florida;
WHEREAS, Mark Emmert and the NCAA Compliance Office has suspended Sharrif Floyd for two games;
WHEREAS, Mark Emmert and the NCAA Compliance Office has conditioned Sharrif Floyd's return to play football on his REPAYMENT of the $2700;
WHEREAS, Mark Emmert and the NCAA Compliance Office have officially lost their bearing, finding that a young man from modest means who received assistance from a non-profit, special-education students, and high school alumni in raising $2700 to achieve his goal of attending college was - somehow - wrong;
WHEREAS, To quote Percy Sledge, if Sharrif Floyd is wrong, then "I don't wanna be right";
WHEREAS, When students like Sharrif Floyd are SUSPENDED instead of APPLAUDED, since he voluntarily explained who his benefactors were, it is further proof that the NCAA system is broken, perhaps beyond repair;
WHEREAS, Long ago, the NCAA lost the moral authority to use the term “student athletes,” especially since they are now extinct, having apparently been replaced in the minds of NCAA administrators like Mark Emmert and the NCAA Compliance Office with INDENTURED SERVANTS;
WHEREAS, Mark Emmert's NCAA email address for receiving comments from the public is firstname.lastname@example.org;
THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, That we, the signatories of this Petition, being college sports fans, and proponents of the well being of the student-athlete, request that Mark Emmert and the NCAA Compliance Office immediately cease and desist from treating students like Sharrif Floyd - and those who assist them in getting a college education - as rule breakers, and instead treat student-athletes with dignity and respect, and change the culture of the NCAA by immediate providing Mark Emmert and the NCAA Compliance Office the dual sensibilities of a MORAL COMPASS and COMMON SENSE!
Fans Insisting on a Rigorous Examination of the Murky Assessments of Rule Knowledge (FIRE-MARK)