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Pro Bono Representation of Athletes Okay?


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The Wall St Journal article from today says the following:

"The NCAA does not expressly forbid athletes from accepting free legal representation in criminal cases. NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said that in its interpretation of the rules, the association had determined "that outside agencies can provide pro bono legal services to student-athletes" under two conditions: that those agencies had represented other needy individuals in the past "not based on athletics criteria," and if the athlete initiated contact with the lawyer."

"Josephine Potuto, a University of Nebraska law professor and the school's faculty representative to the NCAA, said: "I grant you 1000% that there are enforcement problems" with this legal representation policy. Nevertheless, she said she does not believe athletes should be denied free representation if they can't afford to pay. "The opportunity to get somebody to help should override enforcement's concerns," she said."

"Johnson is not the only criminal defense attorney who has worked with numerous high-profile college athletes from the same program. Since the 1980s, Nathan Fisher of Baton Rouge, La., said he has represented more than 100 Louisiana State University athletes. In an interview, Fisher said he typically charged athletes nothing, a practice he said brought the NCAA to his door every couple of years. He said he took the cases because he liked to help students and because he believed athletes were often unfairly targeted for arrest. He also said representing athletes was good for business. "If I get a good case and it gets publicity, I'd hope people see it," Fisher said.

But in recent years, Fisher said LSU had changed its view of the practice. In August 2011, starting LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was arrested after a bar brawl, and Fisher began representing him. Fisher said a school representative told him to stop providing free counsel to LSU players and to begin charging them his usual fee."

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grizd said:
I would guess giving them hot dogs is okay too but the devil is in the details.

Details: Depends on if condiments were given also. Just say no to ketchup! :ugeek:

PS. That includes in all circumstances. "Just say no to ketchup."

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