TheSportingNews- The NCAA is facing another courtroom battle for its restrictive policies against paying student-athletes.
Former USC linebacker Lamar Dawson has filed a class-action suit against the NCAA and the Pac-12 for violation of employment laws, according to The Los Angeles Times. Dawson is suing the NCAA for "permitting, encouraging and/or requiring student-athletes to work more than 40 hours and six days a week without compensation."
Dawson alleges the Pac-12 violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and California law. The Pac-12 and NCAA are mentioned as "joint employers" in the suit.
His suit requests the Pac-12 and its member schools to pay damages for unpaid overtime and minimum wage, including interest.
Wait...what? Lamar Dawson got Milton'd? Just working long, hard hours without realizing that he wasn't receiving a paycheck? Staying late to put in that overtime and not even being reimbursed with time and a half? I bet those greedy assholes in the Pac-12 offices even stole the red stapler out of his locker. They are lucky that all he is doing is suing a billion dollar organization for the unpaid wages he practiced so hard for. He should have taken a lesson from the most famous, fictional, trivialized worker in late 90's cinema and burnt NCAA headquarters to the ground. That's how you truly let people know that you feel taken advantage of.
Honestly, it's just a damn shame that it took this long for Lamar Dawson to figure out that he was being exploited all those years. Poor guy had to make his way to the non-collegiate workforce to see how employees are supposed to be compensated before understanding he never got fair value for all those tackles-for-loss. Had to get out from under the thumb of the persecutive powers of the Pac-12 to realize he was basically giving away his sacks at 90% off. He was just innocently going to school for free only to graduate and finally have the revelation that being a student-athlete is a demanding occupation that requires more man hours per week than the average 9-5.
Talk about shitty timing! Now overly suspicious people are going to think that this is just a money grab by a former player that never benefited from the fruits of his labor in the NFL. He's not rummaging through labor laws trying to find loopholes that will pay him for games already played. He's just trying to get properly recouped for all that time spent in the gym. Too bad he wasn't at USC a couple years earlier or this almost certainly would have been negotiated under the table prior to his enrollment.
P.S. All jokes aside, the more law suits the NCAA receives the better. Even if they are only aimed at padding the pockets of former athletes that didn't think they were being mistreated until after the NFL Draft came and went. Rather that money go to the kids that worked tirelessly to play college football than the rich assholes in charge of it.