NCAA Rules Restrict Boise State Fans From Helping Out Homeless Football Player | Roland Martin Reports

NCAA Rules Restrict Boise State Fans From Helping Out Homeless Football Player

Source: Nate Scott / USA Today

Antoine Turner in joining the football team at Boise State this summer, and after a local TV news segment did a story about his life — he grew up in New Orleans and lost his mom to cancer at age 4; he isn’t close with his dad; he is currently homeless until summer school begins– many viewers of their show rushed to offer their support for the young man.

Boise State anticipated this, though, and issued a statement warning fans of the team that they couldn’t help Turner. Why not? Because by doing so it would violate NCAA policy.

From a Boise State compliance office note to KTVB:

We need to make it clear to your viewers and Bronco fans that it is NOT permissible within NCAA rules for boosters of Boise State athletics to provide benefits to Mr. Turner. That would include money, loans, gifts, discounts, transportation costs, etc.

While Mr. Turner’s need is abundantly clear, it is not permissible for Boise State, the athletics department or supporters of the athletics department to assist Mr. Turner at this time. Once Mr. Turner arrives on campus for the start of the summer school program, he will be well taken care of—receiving full tuition, room and board, books, fees etc. In the meantime, the compliance office is exploring a potential waiver with the NCAA that would allow us to provide assistance prior to the start of summer school.

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