Did NCAA shutdown GoFundMe for critically injured TSU athlete?

Christion Abercrombie (Image source: GoFundMe)

The realities of playing college football for an  NCAA school has hit home in the most tragic way for a TSU athlete injured on the field. Linebacker Christion Abercrombie suffered a devastating head injury during a game with Vanderbilt University on Sept.28, 2018.

As a result of that injury, he has been in critical condition fighting for his life at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The hospital bills are mounting and those who want to make sure he is getting the best treatment set up a GoFundMe campaign for his care. However, it was reported by outlet HBCU Game Day that NCAA officials put a hold on these actions out of concern that he might profit from his injuries and become ineligible to play.

One GoFundMe page was created by Nashville citizen Jake Waddell and Fachon Reed, the sister of head football coach Rod Reed, and was taken down along with another campaign. Officials at TSU then tweeted the following:

Currently, the official GoFundMe page has generated more than $41,917 of its $250K goal.

Once the story broke, the NCAA started damage control and attempted to tell its side of the story with the following tweets on Oct. 2, 2018:

“The NCAA did not request that Tennessee State remove any specific GoFundMe accounts, nor was Christion Abercrombie’s eligibility ever at risk.

“Our only focus is supporting Christion Abercrombie and Tennessee State.

“In addition, the NCAA pays the full premium for the catastrophic injury insurance program, which covers student-athletes who are catastrophically injured while participating in their respective sport.”

However, one Twitter user fired back:

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