Mini-Rumination: The Myth of the Student-Athlete

So participants in inter-collegiate athletics are students first and athletes second, right?

Tell that to Cardale Jones, who’s a quarterback on the Ohio State University football team.

As reported on ESPN.com, Professor Jones recently took to Twitter and announced, in what passes for English for him, “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.”

As it turns out, Mr. Jones is the third-string quarterback for the team, which means he’s actually not playing a whole lot of football.

Based on the quality of his tweet, Mr. Jones clearly has already gone ahead and seized the initiative to skip more than a few classes.  (Which he definitely shouldn’t do.  Jones should get that education now, while it’s free, because if the best he can do is third-string quarterback in college, he’s certainly not going to be earning his living playing football.)

The Curmudgeon has written previously about his general disdain for inter-collegiate athletics and would like to thank Mr. Jones for helping to prove his point.

Mr. Jones may now go back both to not playing no football and not attending no classes because man, what do he need to be going to classes for, you know?

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