When Kevin Ware nearly split his leg in half and the NCAA and the rest of the world was taken by storm, the last thought on my mind was what Adidas was going to do. However, the clothing company has been caught in a web of controversy regarding the sophomore guards brutal leg injury. This topic sparks another debate of whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid.
Every team in the National Tournament dawns shirts that say “rise to the occasion”, however Adidas took it a step further implementing a shirt that substitutes a 5 for the S in occasion. The creative gesture was not taken lightly by the public as fans were outraged that the company would design a shirt and have Ware receive none of the proceeds. Once again, things like this stir the pot on the discussion of whether or not players like Ware should be compensated for their contributions to the Louisville Cardinals program.
Louisville has said they did not receive any funds from the shirt, but I’m curious to see if that remains true throughout this lengthy investigation. The Cardinals are in the Final Four for the second straight season and this is the kind of controversy that they do not want to face the week leading up to the biggest game of the year against the Wichita State Shockers.
Personally, I think this is much ado about nothing. Millions of collegiate jerseys are sold every day that dawn the number five and players never receive the funds. I also believe a fund should have been set up where the proceeds of this shirt went towards some sort of fund to debilitate players like Ware who suffer awful injuries.