Recent comments by Connecticut star Shabazz Napier garnered nearly as many headlines as the big game on Monday.
Napier, UConn’s best player and a four-year student athlete, was asked about the National Labour Relations Board ruling that Northwestern University football players could form a union and whether he agreed with the concept.
The most explosive comment from Napier was that he sometimes goes to bed hungry.
“We as students athletes get utilized for what we do so well, and we’re definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities. But at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything,” Napier said.
“We do have hungry nights that 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 playing, because a lot of times guys don’t know how to handle themselves with money.”