Earlier this week, the NCAA sent out a tweet that started a social media firestorm. The tweet showed a “day in the life” type video showcasing what it’s like to be a student-athlete.
In the video, a student can be seen waking up from his bed and being thrust immediately into class. He then goes to a workout before getting some quality time with friends.
After a quick break with friends, he plays in a basketball game before hitting the books in the library. Then it’s off to bed for this student athlete.
Here’s the video.
Student and athlete — a day in the life. pic.twitter.com/KBLa1gBLnq
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 17, 2019
In the days following the tweet’s existence, current and former college athletes ripped the NCAA for its depiction of a student-athlete.
From former Texas Longhorns basketball star Myles Turner to former Maryland football star Torrey Smith, athletes from around the country gave their thoughts.
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 19, 2019
Of course, the most-popular joke made on Twitter in response to the tweet from the NCAA centered around the actor’s salary. An actor playing a student-athlete was paid more to misrepresent the actual life of the student-athletes who don’t get paid.
The irony wasn’t lost on most of those responding to the NCAA.