UConn Player Shabazz Napier Says He Has ‘Hungry Nights’ & That There Are Times He’s ‘Starving’
University of Connecticut star player Shabazz Napier won the NCAA national championship yesterday against Kentucky.
Yet, because of NCAA rules the star athlete admitted that he at times goes to bed “starving” because he can’t afford any food.
Rep. Matthew Lesser of Connecticut said ‘he and other state lawmakers are considering legislation.” to the rule.
“He says he’s going to bed hungry at a time when millions of dollars are being made off of him. It’s obscene. This isn’t a Connecticut problem. This is an NCAA problem, and I want to make sure we’re putting pressure on them to treat athletes well.”
The comment comes at a time where several NCAA teams are looking to unionize for additional benefits and stipends.
“I don’t feel student-athletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars, but like I said, there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving.”
According to CNN,
UConn’s student-athlete handbook lays out provisions for dining and says athletes can eat in any residence hall between 7 a.m. and 7:15 p.m.
“If you live off campus and your grant-in-aid includes meals, you may use your stipend to purchase an on-campus meal plan. … This will entitle you to eat in any of the facilities,” the handbook states (PDF).
Should athletes get paid so instances like this don’t happen?