Vikings' Sharrif Floyd among lead plaintiffs in lawsuit against NCAA
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Former Florida Gators star and current Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is listed as one of seven plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the NCAA, filed on Friday in a Minneapolis federal court.
According to the documents posted by the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit alleges that the NCAA and its 11 major conferences earn "billions of dollars in revenue annually," while the value of athlete scholarships and compensation is "unlawfully suppressed."
The complaint refers to the NCAA as an "illegal cartel." The lawsuit was filed on behalf of all of the NCAA's football, men's basketball and women's basketball players.
Floyd has declined comment to reporters, but he took to Twitter on Friday night to discuss the rights of college athletes.
"Student athletes need to be respected more," Floyd said in an expanded tweet. "It's hard for great coaches to do their job when their athletes are just looking for something as simple as an extra meal, a movie date with a friend and comfort that they are gonna be taken care of and not taken advantage of. Athletes shouldn't be suspended for raising money, to better his life or for looking at a mentor as a father. This has nothing to do with the Gator Nation. I love my college and will always be a Gator."
Former Minnesota Gophers football players Kyle Theret and Duane Bennett are also among the seven lead plaintiffs.