Syracuse football players Jerome Smith and Ashton Broyld could face disciplinary action for Tweets posted by a local radio station that might be considered a secondary violation by the NCAA.
The story was reported by Chris Carlson of the Syracuse.com.
The players posed with banners at the local ESPN affiliate that had sponsors of ESPN programming. Student-athletes are not allowed to promote or endorse a commercial entity. Syracuse University is aware of the matter and is looking into the situation.
B. David Ridpath, a former compliance officer at Marshall, is quoted in the article and says several forms of discipline are appropriate with this type of violation including letter of apology, community service, a missed practice or suspension for a quarter of a game.
For all the good things on social media, this is one of the negatives. Smith and Broyld were probably not aware of what they were doing so they are the victims here. It’s not like they were trading merchandise for tattoos.
The radio station should take the brunt of the blame although the individuals involved were probably not aware of the rules either.
And of course, let’s not forget the NCAA. The organization is as dysfunctional as any in the country and the rules are often times ridiculous.
Hopefully, the punishment will be a slap on the wrist and Smith and Broyld will not miss any time in the Texas Bowl.
What do you think will happen? Who do you blame for this situation?