LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy this year, given the fact that he's rushed for 1,352 yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games. But according to USA TODAY, his family could be in a bit of trouble with the NCAA regarding a website that was launched back ahead of the 2014 season.
According to the publication, a website dedicated to "BUGA Nation" - which stands for "Being United Generates Attitude" - was launched with the intent to sell tee shirts and hats to the public. Fournette "helped develop" the acronym. Here's more:
Paul Price, described by Fournette's mother as the family’s manager, made payments of about $10,000 to build a website and produce the merchandise to be sold, the owners of three companies involved told USA TODAY Sports. The owners said they gave Price and the Fournettes more than $20,000 in discounts because they expected strong sales driven by the star running back's popularity. Even with the discounts, one of the business owners said he has yet to be paid in full.
The website launched the week of LSU's 2014 season opener, but the business went no further — sales of T-shirts and hats were stopped within 24 hours after the NCAA learned of its existence, according to Lory Fournette.
Clearly, the issue here is that players and their families are not allowed to profit off of an athlete's likeness, image or name.
Will this lead to NCAA issues for LSU and Fournette? At this point, it's hard to say. You can read the entire article over at USA TODAY.