NCAA shuts down Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence’s GoFundMe for coronavirus victims

Ross Houston
March 25, 2020

The NCAA can't get out of its own way, even in the midst of a pandemic.

The NCAA said Tuesday the couple can resume their fundraising efforts after Clemson officials had shut down their page - "Covid-19 Family Relief and Support" - for fear the quarterback was committing a violation.

The sophomore quarterback started a GoFundMe campaign with his girlfriend Marissa Mowry that had already raised $2,670 before Mowry informed potential donors on her Instagram page that they were forced to deactivate the fundraiser to avoid violating NCAA rules.

The NCAA is "allowing us to raise money now, to continue to raise money for what we were doing originally", Lawrence said.

According to the NCAA website, "Division I student-athletes may not promote or endorse a commercial product or service, even if they are not paid to participate in the activity".

The news comes about two hours after The State published a story that said NCAA rules prohibited Lawrence and Mowry from having a GoFundMe page for coronavirus victims because athletes can not use their name, image and likeness for crowd funding.

Clemson University's compliance office saw the post Tuesday morning and fearing that it would break NCAA rules, ordered the fundraiser removed.

The NCAA, in an earlier statement that attempted to clarify what happened, praised Lawrence.

The latest has to do with them stopping Clemson star QB Trevor Lawrence trying to do his part to help COVID-19 victims. Clemson assumed the NCAA would disapprove. Rather than giving money to individual families, Mowry said in the Instagram video that the funds raised will go to No Kid Hungry and Meals on Wheels.

"Despite all of the craziness and drama with that we were able to raise a little over $2,500". It's going to help some kids and some elderly [people] somewhere, so it's going to be very helpful. "We continue to work with member schools so they have the flexibility to ensure that student-athletes and communities impacted by this illness are supported, and we applaud Trevor for his efforts".

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