Outrageous NCAA Suspends 5 Baseball Players ... for Playing Fantasy Football?!
— John O'Connor (@RTDjohnoconnor) February 24, 2017
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, five college baseball players from the University of Richmond have been suspended for playing fantasy football.
The newspaper reported that an anonymous source contacted the NCAA about the players' involvement in a fantasy football league, prompting the suspensions under NCAA rules against sports gambling.
Players are allowed to participate in fantasy leagues for professional sports only when there is no money involved.
"You are not eligible to compete if you knowingly participate in any sports wagering activity that involves intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required."
The school is still awaiting word from the collegiate athletic association on the potential reinstatement of these athletes.
Richmond released a statement concerning these infractions:
"As a result of these violations, these five student-athletes will be ineligible for competition until the NCAA's reinstatement process has been completed."
Though the policy is clearly outlined by the NCAA, what are your thoughts on these suspensions?