Former UNC athletes take to Twitter to gain support for lawsuit
Posted January 27, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Two former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student-athletes who are suing the school and the NCAA to ensure other student-athletes receive a proper education took to Twitter on Tuesday to garner support for their case.
“We must stand strong so that we can be seen as more than just mere athletes,” Rashanda McCants, a former UNC basketball player, wrote in a message posted on the social media website. “We are humans; we have voices; and, although we all love our school, we also love ourselves and the dignity we built within our own right.”
McCants added that she did everything that was asked of her, on and off the court.
“But the university and the NCAA failed to keep their promise to me and other college athletes, and in turn, we seek justice,” she wrote.
Devon Ramsay, a former UNC football player, shared McCants’ sentiments.
McCants and Ramsay filed a 100-page class-action lawsuit last week alleging that the NCAA and its member institutions breached their duties to student-athletes "in spectacular fashion," highlighting the no-show class scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill. The suit seeks educational reforms, including an independent committee in the NCAA to ensure athletes get a proper education, as well as financial compensation for the athletes.
"They are making millions and millions of dollars for all of these colleges, and the question is, what are (the students) entitled to as part of this scholarship agreement?" said Raleigh attorney Bob Orr, who is representing the athletes, after the suit was filed.
Ramsey was kicked off the football team in 2010 for getting improper help from a tutor, but was allowed back on the team after his attorney convinced the NCAA he'd done nothing wrong.
In July, he testified in a U.S. Senate hearing about college athletics.
"I've come to realize that there's a void in college athletics," Ramsey told senators. "The NCAA, as an institution, no longer protects the student-athlete. They're more concerned with signage and profit margins."
Ramsey expanded more on those thoughts on Twitter.
“Unfortunately, these aren’t just isolated incidents that occurred at UNC,” he wrote. “This is a national problem, one that continually surfaces at some of the most prestigious programs in the country.”
Neither UNC nor the NCAA have commented on the lawsuit.