Reggie Bush, a former football standout for the University of Southern California, has launched a lawsuit against the NCAA alleging slander. He is also requesting the reinstatement of his football records in order to regain his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
The NCAA issued a statement in 2021 claiming that despite recent changes to the name, image, and likeness (NIL) rules, its rules still prohibite “pay-for-play type arrangements” and that “previous Penalties won’t be review or reconsider, even ones that are several years old.
Awarded annually to the best collegiate football player, ush earned the Heisman Trophy in 2005 after rushing for 1,740 yards on just 200 attempts and scoring a total of 18 touchdowns for the University of Southern California. After an NCAA investigation determine that Bush got gifts totaling several thousand dollars and a vehicle that were not permitt at the time and that he had been declare ineligible as of 2004, Bush voluntarily forfeited the coveted award in 2010.
Bush asserts that the NCAA defamed him and maintains that he was never paid to play football while attending the University of Southern California, despite the fact that his case was not specifically named in the statement.
On August 14, Bush sent a supplemental appeal to the NCAA, which has its headquarters in Indianapolis, requesting that they reevaluate their judgment following what Bush’s lawyer Ben Crump has called a “flawed” and “sloppy” probe.
Regarding the lawsuit and petition, the NCAA opted not to comment.
Bush unsuccessfully petition to have his prize returned when the Supreme Court declare in 2021 that collegiate athletes might get education-relate payments for the use of their name, image, and likeness.
The lawsuit asserts that it is reasonable and widely accepted to interpret the NCAA’s assertion that Mr. Bush engaged in “pay-for-play” (the “Statement”) to indicate that he got money in exchange for playing football for the University of Southern California (“USC”).