NCAA Made Player Ineligible Because They Didn’t Believe Black Men Got Haircuts Multiple Times A Month
The NCAA has shown many times in the past that they can be real ridiculous when it comes to athletes making money.
The newest investigation involves Ole Miss. There was one instance where former Ole Miss and current Colts WR Donte Moncrief was put under investigation because the NCAA saw him in a photo driving his brother’s Dodge Charger.
“Multiple sources confirmed to SB Nation Donte was first summoned to meet with Sheridan and the enforcement staff because of a photo of the junior wideout driving a red 2009 Dodge Challenger — his older brother’s car — in April of 2013.
As a result of that investigation, Donte Moncrief was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits the week of Sept. 16, 2013. Those benefits were defined solely as the ’09 Challenger, his brother’s car.
“To prove I owned my car, basically,” he says. “They hung up my brother’s career for that.”
“Except I did pay my note in Tupelo. And it was my car,” Spencer Moncrief told SB Nation. “I’m a grown man. I’m not a kid. I’m a grown man with a car that I let my brother drive sometimes. I have a degree; why can’t I afford a car?
“The entire process, I was like dang, because I drive a car, a nice car, I really felt like they were discriminating. Honestly. ‘He’s black, he can’t afford that car.’”
That wasn’t even the worst part, as investigators couldn’t bring themselves to believe that black men get haircuts more than once a month. Seriously.
“Sheridan also went after Moncrief’s side business of cutting hair. Moncrief told SB Nation he’s currently in school to become a barber, but in ’13, he started cutting hair for extra cash. When he finished a cut, he’d put it in on social media in an effort to drum up more business.
“[Sheridan] wanted to know about the haircuts, so I told him. I told him about cutting hair. I cut the football team’s hair, I cut the basketball team’s hair, and I cut random folks’ hair. And he asked what evidence I had. I said look at my Instagram account; I know you have already.”
According to Moncrief, Sheridan requested a breakdown of his business. Moncrief told Sheridan that he usually charged $15 a haircut, and $20 and if he traveled to the client.
“Sometimes it’s 10 guys. Sometimes it’s 20,” Moncrief said he told Sheridan.
Moncrief said that Sheridan then told him that wasn’t enough money to cover the note for the Challenger.
“He said, ‘Because even 20 guys a month isn’t enough.’ So I asked him if he had any black friends, and he got this look, like shocked. Because in the African American community, you get a haircut every week, not once a month. It’s sometimes 20 guys a week. Some guys get a haircut every five days. They had a hard time believing that, so they wanted me to make a list, and everybody who came and got their haircut would have to sign it,” Moncrief said.
“He went to the extreme of calling my friends and my girlfriend and asking for their Apple account information to look at their pictures and stuff. They said it was to see when I was in Oxford and when I wasn’t.
“I guess he saw them [the friends] on my Twitter. I don’t know how he ended up getting their numbers, but he contacted them to see if I was in pictures, if I was with them at a particular time in Oxford.”
Basically, if you’re an athlete, be broke or get put under investigation for making an honest living.