The debate over whether college athletes should be paid is in the spotlight again after University of Connecticut player Shabazz Napier revealed he sometimes goes to bed "starving."


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Napier, who was named Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Final Four, said, "Student athletes...we do have hungry nights when we don't have enough money to get food." He explained that the basketball scholarship doesn't cover everything.

"I don't feel student-athletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars, but like I said, there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I'm starving," he said.

Former high school academic dean Jedediah Bila and former president of the Women's Media Center Jehmu Greene joined Martha MacCallum on America's Newsroom to discuss the issue.

Bila said, "If you're spending 40 to 50 hours a week on football or basketball, you start to feel like an employee, you don't feel like a student anymore." Bila went on to say that if the student knows they are there for sports and not academics, the student will want to be paid.


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MacCallum questioned how Napier could be hungry since he must have a meal plan. Greene said, "Perhaps the cafeteria is closed when they are still in practice. The main point here is that he feels like he's hungry, so what does that say about how student athletes are treated."

Bila thinks student athletes are well taken care of but still said, "What they're saying is, 'we're already doing a job, we're bringing in a ton of revenue for the school, we're not seeing any of that, numerous students are wanting to come to the school as a result of us building up the athletics,' so I see their point."

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