Well if this doesn't speak to how bad it is to be in a relationship of sorts with the NCAA then I don't know what does. Think about this for a second.The person that suffers a long, tumultuous breakup and then starts posting spiteful shit on social media almost always looks worse than the person that internalizes everything. You know the guy that starts taking gym selfies because he's finally got the time to get back in shape? The girl that starts taking a pottery class to explore the artistic side her long time significant other always suppressed? The person posting quotes that glorify their freedom, but are really meant to not-so-subliminally make "light" of how horrible it was to be tied down by their ex? They always look like the resentful party that truly lost the breakup. It's one thing to take up a new hobby or join a new sports team in hopes of "finding yourself", but once you start posting it up all over the internet it starts to look like a forced, calculated move that reeks of desperation. Almost like enough random people online believing you're okay will help to reassure you that you're actually okay.
Basically, Cardale Jones is doing everything that a vindictive, scorned lover would do, but he's actually coming out on top in the process. Take this tweet for example. I don't want to speak for Cardale, but I can't say I am absolutely positive he would have signed these cards unless his real intention was to put them on social media and rub it in the NCAA's face. After all, it's not like these kids that have OVER THREE HUNDRED signed photos of random players are huge fans of his work. They are just memorabilia hungry little shit-heads that are constantly making their 77 year old grandfather write letters to professional athletes. I wouldn't consider them overly deserving of a handout. In fact, I highly doubt that Cardale would either...unless it provided him the perfect opportunity to show the world that he's better off without the multi-billion dollar organization that wouldn't even let him profit off his own likeness. This was obviously contrived and the primary purpose was more so to make the NCAA look bad than it was to give back to the community. Yet somehow - someway - the NCAA was such a shitty partner that Cardale is still winning in the eyes of the public despite acting like a petty, damaged teenager.