Fresh off of Uconn's win in the National Championship game, Shabazz Napier talked about the struggles of being a college athlete.
Napier was voted the most oustanding player in the tournament, and his team secured the school's fifth national championship. Still, this isn't like the NBA where all is seemingly rosy for these champions.
The National Labor Relation's board recently ruled in favor of viewing student athletes as employees, and thus giving them the power to unionize. It's been a topic of much debate, whether this is good or not for the NCAA. Napier gives his opinion in the video above. Here's the transcript, via Alex Kennedy.
"We're definitely blessed to get a scholarship to our university, but at the end of the day that doesn't cover everything," Napier said. "We do have hungry nights, where we don't have enough money to get food. Sometimes, money is needed. I don't think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for players because a lot of times guys don't know how to handle themselves with money. But I think Northwestern has an idea and we'll see where it goes. ... Like I said, sometimes there are hungry nights where I'm not able to eat, but I still have to play up to my capabilities. Sometimes it's that way. ... There's hungry nights where I go to bed starving. Something can change, something should change."Michael Saver 4/08/2014 12:02:00 PM Tweet