Former USC Reggie Bush is not taking his pay-to-play accusation by the NCAA lightly, as he released a statement on Wednesday denying all the allegations being thrown at him by the organization.
USC Reggie Bush’s Defamation Lawsuit
During a press conference on Wednesday outside Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC Reggie Bush made clarifications regarding an issue that he was paid to play for USC football when he was still a student-athlete causing him to lose his Heisman trophy. According to USC Reggie Bush, it was 100% not true and there is no proof that he received such an arrangement. As a result, USC Reggie Bush filed a defamation lawsuit against the NCAA yesterday.
For context, through an NCAA investigation, the news was spurred in 2010 when USC Reggie Bush’s family allegedly received money and other benefits leading him to forfeit his 2005 Heisman trophy, perhaps due to press pressure. In 2021, USC Reggie Bush decided to get his trophy back but the Heisman Trust said he was ineligible for the award because of the rules set.
Meanwhile, USC Reggie Bush’s defamation lawsuit entails his desire to reclaim his long-lost Heisman trophy. As per the NCAA rules, college athletes may receive benefits through their names such as endorsements and appearances but the pay-to-play set-up is never entertained as it violates the fairness of the college football game.
USC Reggie Bush’s Attempt To Regain His Trophy Denied
USC Reggie Bush’s attorney, Levi McCathern, refuted pay-to-play concerns and that his defendant was innocent of having donors paying him to play for USC. USC Reggie Bush’s attorney described the said violation as having “shoddy evidence, a sloppy investigation, and terrible work by the NCAA”.
USC Reggie Bush’s attorney has refiled a petition to reinstate Bush’s collegiate record but NCAA declined to do so. The organization didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.