Congressman Compares NCAA To Mafia

WASHINGTON (AP)  A Democratic congressman is comparing the NCAA to the Mafia over how it controls the lives of student athletes.

The congressman, Bobby Rush (D-Illinois), made the accusations at a congressional forum on college sports called to look at the impact of “back-room deals, payoffs and scandals” in college sports.

Says Rush: “I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia.”

Rush spoke after hearing from a couple of mothers of student athletes who complained of ill treatment by schools after their sons suffered injuries.

The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. darrell says:

    LOL, coming from a democratic lawmaker from the state of illinois is too funny.

  2. Sarah Condit says:

    The Mafia wasn’t always doing illegal activities to make money. At first they were the group that people could go to when the couldn’t go the police. This article gives a great explanation on how the Mafia started.

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