On Monday, Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend, Marissa Mowry, started a GoFundMe page to raise money for those impacted by coronavirus.
Just hours later, Mowry announced the page had been shut down due to compliance issues. She noted that Lawrence would not be able to be a part of the fundraiser and they shut down the page.
Initial reports suggested the decision to shut down the fundraiser came from the NCAA. However, a Clemson insider provided more details about the reasoning behind why the page was taken down.
Grace Raynor of the Athletic reported Clemson made the decision. According to Raynor, the school’s compliance department asked Lawrence to take it down to keep with NCAA rules.
Important context regarding the Trevor Lawrence situation: Clemson did not hear directly from the NCAA. It was the school's compliance department that asked him to take it down in keeping with NCAA rules. @TheAthleticCFB
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) March 24, 2020
At least Lawrence and Mowry were able to raise over $2,500 before Clemson decided to shut it down.
Unfortunately for those who needed the money, Clemson likely made the right decision after all. The Tigers can’t afford to lose their star quarterback, even if he is making the right decisions.
Indirectly, the NCAA strikes once again. The organization has made some skeptical moves in the past when it comes to eligibility.
Now the Tigers were forced to close a fundraiser out of the fear of losing their star quarterback.