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  • Missouri Bill Would Strip Scholarships If Athletes Strike

    So much for Freedom of Speech.
    By Summer Ballentine, Associated Press

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Dec 14, 2015, 7:34 PM ET

    A state legislator is proposing that student athletes should lose their scholarships if they go on strike, a response to a threat by University of Missouri football players not to play over criticism of the administration's handling of campus racial discrimination complaints.

    The bill Republican Rep. Rick Brattin proposed last week in the Missouri House would strip scholarships from any athlete who "calls, incites, supports or participates in any strike." Colleges and universities would be required to fine coaching staff who encourage or enable such student protests.

    University of Missouri Department of Athletics spokesman Ryan Bradley didn't immediately respond Monday to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

    Brattin also wasn't immediately available to comment, but co-sponsor Rep. Kurt Bahr said his goal in supporting the bill is to show that some state lawmakers don't approve of how University of Missouri administrators handled student unrest. Bahr said he hopes it fosters discussion between the Legislature and university leadership.

    The aim is to show that "the response that they've had has not been as strong as the Legislature would like," said Bahr, a St. Charles Republican, "and that we, the General Assembly, expect the leadership of this state institution to actually lead and not allow the students to call the shots."

    The Columbia campus gained national attention in November after members of the football team backed calls by a student on a hunger strike for former University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe to resign or be removed. At issue was his administration's handling of racial discrimination complaints.

    Football team members threatened not to play, and graduate student Jonathan Butler refused to eat for a week until Wolfe stepped down Nov. 9.

    Former Columbia Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin also announced his resignation that day.

    Brattin's bill is one of a number proposed in response to the unrest at the university. Republican budget leaders have said state funding for the university also will be under greater scrutiny in the upcoming legislative session that begins Jan. 6.


    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireSto...trike-35765973
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    Doesn't sound like a speech issue to me. Scholarships are a privilege not a right. Sport scholarships are given out in exchange for the student playing for the school. In essence that is the student's job. He doesn't play he isn't fulfilling his responsibility to the scholarship contract so he doesn't get paid, simple as that.
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    • #3
      Let's face it college Athletes are professional employees who generate a revenue stream for colleges. I guess they need a union
      We hunt the hunters

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      • #4
        Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
        Doesn't sound like a speech issue to me. Scholarships are a privilege not a right. Sport scholarships are given out in exchange for the student playing for the school. In essence that is the student's job. He doesn't play he isn't fulfilling his responsibility to the scholarship contract so he doesn't get paid, simple as that.
        Coaches are also under contract yet they are allowed to jump to another school whenever they want (Brian Kelly), boycott games (John Thompson), scream at a player that he is going to "****ing kill him" (Kevin Stallings), harass a player in the media for choosing another school (Les Miles), assault a police officer (Bobby Knight) and take off in the wake of a NCAA investigation for another school while the players are punished (John Calipari, Larry Brown and many others). The student-athletes has to walk on egg shells wondering if that couple of dollars he borrowed from a classmate won't get him trouble.
        “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
        ― Groucho Marx

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