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UConn Basketball Player Speaks of ‘Hungry Nights,’ Going to Bed ‘Starvin

Shabazz Napier

Shabazz Napier

By  Ryan Grenoble 

His on-court skills have generated a lot of money, but University of Connecticut basketball player Shabazz Napier says there are nights he can’t afford food.

Speaking to reporters late last month, the point guard reflected on the relationship between student athletes and the schools they attend. He then offered up a startling example of disconnect between the two.

“We’re definitely blessed to get scholarships to our universities, but at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything,” Napier told a group of reporters, adding later in the conversation, “I don’t think student athletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars, but … there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving.”

In an email to The Huffington Post, a University of Connecticut spokesman said all of the school’s scholarship athletes, including Napier, receive the maximum meal plan allowed under NCAA rules.

“UConn does not have a cafeteria devoted specifically to student-athletes,” he added, “but they have access to the same cafeterias which are available to all our students.”

Napier’s comments come shortly after the National Labor Relations Board endorsed Northwestern University football players looking to unionize.

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