Final Four Honesty: UConn Star Shabazz Napier Says Some Nights He Goes to Bed Hungry [Video]
Connecticut takes on Kentucky in the NCAA Final Four championship game tonight.
Some of the focus in pre-game interviews has been about the recently formed union for college athletes.
When asked about it, UConn star guard Shabazz Napier decided it was time to be honest about his life as a college athlete.
While stopping short of saying college athletes should be paid, Napier told reporters that there are times when he has gone to bed hungry, and that a scholarship, while valuable, doesn’t pay for food.
Napier also told reporters that when he sees his jersey for sale in the lobby at a high price, it seems a little unfair that he can’t buy food.
“We as student athletes get utilized for what we do so well. We are definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything.” Napier said.
“To some credit, you feel like you want something in return… Like I said, there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I am starving. So something can change, something should change. But if it doesn’t, at the end of the day, we’ve been doing this for so long, so …,” he added.
Officials from the University of Connecticut have yet to respond to how student athletes are fed while attending the school.
Here’s video of Napier’s remarks from the Final Four in Dallas.