Jan 30, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Reggie Bush at NFL Network press conference at Georgia World Congress Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Bush is suing the NCAA for defamation, for alleging that he received improper benefits while playing for the USC Trojans.

An NCAA investigation alleged that Bush and his family members received cash, free housing, a car and other benefits while he attended USC. After the investigation, the NCAA stripped USC of its 2004 NCAA championship. Bush later forfeited his 2005 Heisman Trophy.

Bush’s suit, which he announced Wednesday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, specifically mentions statements the NCAA made in 2021 about Bush being involved in a “pay-for-play” situation.

“[This pay-for-play claim] was 100% not true,” Bush said during Wednesday’s announcement. “This is a new accusation as far as I’m concerned. This was picked up … as if this was reason why I’m not getting my Heisman Trophy back and why I’m not being reinstated.”

Bush’s attorney, Ben Crump, criticized the NCAA for having a “plantation mentality,” and that they “treat athletes as indentured servants.”

Bush would go on to play 11 seasons in the NFL after being drafted No. 2 overall in 2006.

Of course, under today’s NCAA rules, where athletes are vying for the most lucrative NIL contracts, the allegations against Bush seem antiquated. Sports fans quickly reacted to news of the lawsuit, with the overwhelming majority strongly supporting Bush’s move.

[Los Angeles Times]

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