Missouri Lawmaker Tries to Stop Football Players from Striking. How? By taking away a player’s scholarship for not playing — unless it’s injury related. Because the job of a “student athlete” is to entertain, make money for the school, and shut up. Don’t get any ideas into your head about injustice or standing up for something.
The Missouri House will likely consider bill 1743, filed by Republican Rick Brattin, that would take away the scholarship of an athlete in the state should they refuse to play for a reason unrelated to health. Maybe the entire football team could suddenly get “the flu” next time there’s an issue important to them.
In November 2015, members of the University of Missouri football team stopped participating in team activities until University President Tim Wolfe resigned. Wolfe soon did. The leverage the players had over the university was obvious as the college feared losing millions on the upcoming weekend as players protested in the form of a strike. College football has become a multi-million dollar entity where money is made by everyone in the system other than those playing college football. For example, Mizzou’s coach is paid over $4 million.
House Bill 1743 “provides that any college athlete on scholarship who refuses to play for a reason unrelated to health shall have his or her scholarship revoked,” and the bill’s proposed starting date would be August 28, 2016, right before the next college football season.