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Coronavirus doesn’t stop NCAA from ruining Trevor Lawrence’s charity

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence speaks during media day for NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in New Orleans. Clemson is scheduled to play LSU on Monday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).

Sporting events have shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean the NCAA has stopped enforcing the rule of law.

The latest story about the organization’s never-ceasing abilities to punish student-athletes hit one of college football’s most famous faces. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend and Anderson University soccer player Marissa Mowry set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for charity amid the virus outbreak.

But as reported by The State’s Matt Connolly, their attempt to lend a hand to others was quickly shut down by the NCAA rules.

Clemson’s compliance department confirmed Mowry’s Instagram post that said the GoFundMe page was breaking rules that “prohibit using name, image and likeness for crowd funding.”

Lawrence told his followers over Instagram that the money already raised, $2,670, can and will be donated to Meals on Wheels America and No Kid Hungry.

Still, consider that it’d been open for only a day, and Lawrence and Mowry would likely have raised much more.

There’s still a chance they could file for a waiver from the NCAA to ramp up the charitable giving once again. As Connolly adds, there is no timetable for how quickly the NCAA would get back to them given how the coronavirus restrictions have slowed industry.

Once Connelly’s story got noticed over Twitter, it was all-aboard the shame train as fans lashed out at the NCAA for ruining another harmless attempt at a college kid trying to make a difference during difficult times.


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