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Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit

by Tony Crumpton - Associate Editor - Friday, July 19, 2013 8:40 AM
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Pos: CB   Height: 5-10   Weight: 175   Hometown: College Park, GA (Westlake HS)  
Years Played: 2010 - 2013
According to SI.com's Andy Staples, Clemson DB Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
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#21 5-10, 175
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is plantiff #19 in a landmark lawsuit against the NCAA.

Robinson talks about the reason that he decided to be a part of the lawsuit after struggles starting up a business involving mobile phones.

Robinson's inspiration to join the suit came a few months ago when he learned the same lesson former Minnesota wrestler Joel Bauman learned earlier this year. When you're an athlete at an NCAA institution, your name and your face do not belong to you. Robinson wanted to get a job to earn extra money, but he couldn't work regular hours because of his commitment to the football team. So he sought work with more flexible hours. He hit upon 5LINX, a multilevel marketing company with a business model similar to Amway. While such companies certainly have their drawbacks, 5LINX does offer direct sales. In Robinson's case, he intended to sell mobile phones and phone plans.

Someone in Clemson's compliance department noticed an uptick in business-related posts on Robinson's Facebook and Instagram accounts, and Robinson was called in to meet with compliance officials. "According to the NCAA, the rule is that a student-athlete can have his own business," Robinson said. "But they were saying that I couldn't have it because I couldn't detach my name from it. They were saying I couldn't promote it. ... I didn't see a reason for me having a business if I couldn't promote it."


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Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
TigerNet News®
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
Chuckston T-Man
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
PenthouseTiger
They don't want players to have a "job" because a big time
Buffalo Creek Tiger
Re: They don't want players to have a "job" because a big time
PenthouseTiger
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
kiknchkn®
I see the issues with allowing commission based sales
hleapha®
It would be dificult to police every pay check to make sure
Buffalo Creek Tiger
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
ClemEng87
Can't talk out of both sides though
hleapha®
Re: Can't talk out of both sides though
ClemEng87
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
PenthouseTiger
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
ClemEng87
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
CUAtTheFinishLine®
A stipend would make the poor schools poorer
hleapha®
Re: A stipend would make the poor schools poorer
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
ClemEng87
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
ClemsonTiger1988®
hello collective bargaining, old friend
profuscious
Rationale?? Getting paid. He's not good enough to play
AllTimeClemson
On the contrary, Darius' reasons are pretty legit
mhuyser
Re: Football Player Update: Darius Robinson's rationale for joining NCAA lawsuit
Tigerpimp77
That attitude worked in the 60's and 70's
profuscious
Simple solution to all this: Request the NFL remove the 3
johnccalhoun®


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