Congressman Rush 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 of 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.

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