Now that the University of Missouri football team has triggered the resignation of the university’s president, Tim Wolfe, whining that they wouldn’t participate in football unless Wolfe buckled and fled, it might be useful to examine the privileges these social justice warriors and other athletes like them enjoy while they use their position to bully others into submission.
An apparent Facebook post from former Missouri linebacker Luke Lambert bluntly stated:
The Washington Post, disturbed by the idea that anyone would threaten SJWs, quivered, “So can a scholarship be pulled because of a student-athlete’s participation in a political or social movement?”
Let’s take a look at just how difficult these athletes’ lives often are:
1. Free tuition: According to Neil H. Buchanan, an economist and Professor of Law at George Washington University, “The top competitive division of the NCAA allows universities to offer up to 85 full-ride football scholarships at any time … the out-of-pocket cost of receiving what scholarship-holding athletes receive ranges from over $80,000 to more than $230,000.”
2. They can stay in school until they graduate, without fear of having to pay: Buchanan writes, “One skeptical study found that college football players had a 68.6% graduation rate … at least two-thirds of football players graduate within six years, and they do so without laying out any money.”
3. They attend the universities despite terrible SAT scores. According to a 2008 study, Football players averaged 220 points lower on the SAT than other students; men’s basketball players’ were 227 points lower. CNN reported in January 2014, “A CNN investigation found public universities across the country where many students in the basketball and football programs could read only up to an eighth-grade level.”
“The top competitive division of the NCAA allows universities to offer up to 85 full-ride football scholarships at any time … the out-of-pocket cost of receiving what scholarship-holding athletes receive ranges from over $80,000 to more than $230,000.”
Neil H. Buchanan, economist and Professor of Law at George Washington University
4. They are allowed to take ridiculously easy classes to ensure they remain in school. As Brobible.com noted in October 2014, “Classes taken by college football players include: Trees and Shrubs, Leisure, Adjusting to University, Advanced Slow-Pitch Softball, Billiards and Remedial Reading.”
The pampered athletes at universities sure know suffering when they see it – or imagine it.