|Clemson DB named as co-plaintiff in new NCAA lawsuit|
|by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Monday, March 17, 2014 11:34 AM||
Anti-trust lawyer Jeff Kessler has filed an antitrust lawsuit on Monday against the NCAA and the five power conferences (SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, ACC and Big 12).
The lawsuit seeks to end NCAA restrictions on schools concerning payment to players and other compensation besides just the cost of an athletic scholarship.
Clemson junior defensive back Martin JenkinsMartin Jenkins
RS Sr. Cornerback
#14 5-10, 180
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The suit does not seek any class action damages although the plaintiffs are seeking individual damages.
"The main objective is to strike down permanently the restrictions that prevent athletes in Division I basketball and the top tier of college football from being fairly compensated for the billions of dollars in revenues that they help generate," Kessler told ESPN. "In no other business -- and college sports is big business -- would it ever be suggested that the people who are providing the essential services work for free. Only in big-time college sports is that line drawn."
Jenkins is the second football player with ties to Clemson suing the NCAA. Former Clemson defensive back, Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
Cornerback (2010 - 2013)
#8 5-10, 175
College Park, GA
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