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Wisconsin Basketball Player Nigel Hayes Uses Clever College Gameday Sign To Criticize NCAA

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(Screenshot via Twitter/@darrenrovell)

College Gameday is famous for its hilarious signs by college students, but Wisconsin basketball star Nigel Hayes opted to use his sign to make a serious point.

With the Gameday crew in Madison for the #8 Badgers showdown with #2 Ohio State, the senior forward displayed the following sign:

The sign was a parody of a Gameday sign in September that read “Hi Mom! Send Beer Money” and gave the guy’s venmo account. That sign went viral and received hundreds of donations.

Hayes, who averaged 15.7 points as a junior, is hoping the sign will renew the conversation about whether the NCAA should pay college athletes in revenue-generating sports.

While I’m on the fence about whether NCAA athletes should be paid or if them getting to attend college on a full scholarship is sufficient compensation, I applaud Nigel Hayes for using his platform to make his views known.

Because NCAA athletes aren’t allowed to solicit money, Nigel Hayes gave a fake Venmo account. But he (and the lucky bastard with BrokeBadger1) are both receiving money.

COED Writer
New York-based writer. Emory University graduate. @BrianFeibus on Twitter. Infinitely go against the grain.