Auburn forward Danjel Purifoy has missed over an entire season of his college basketball career due to various NCAA violations he has been involved in since signing with the school in 2014.
Now, he might be in trouble yet again.
You see, the picture shown above isn’t a collage we made here at KSR or one the Auburn basketball team released on a social media. It’s actually a collage of images Purifoy’s mother, Waukesha Blevins, decided to put on t-shirts and sell to her friends on Facebook.
According to AL.com, Blevins, who also allegedly accepted money and violated NCAA rules in the past leading to Purifoy’s previous suspension, made multiple posts on the social media outlet advertising the shirts she was selling for prices ranging from $10 to $12.
In response to Blevins’ posts, several individuals commented their requested shirt sizes, with the former four-star athlete’s mother responding “got you down” to each of them.
The posts have since been deleted.
According to official NCAA rules, as found by AL.com, student-athletes are not allowed to profit off of their name and likeness, and if a third party attempts to do so, the student-athlete is required to “take steps to stop such an activity.”
If not, his or her eligibility is on the line.
NCAA Bylaw 12.1.1(h) states that “any commercial items with names, likenesses or pictures of multiple student-athletes … may be sold only at the member institution at which the student-athlete is enrolled, institutionally controlled … outlets or outlets controlled by the charitable or educational organization. … Items that include an individual student-athlete’s name, picture or likeness … other than informational items (e.g., media guide, schedule cards, institutional publications), may not be sold.”
Per, NCAA Bylaw 12.2.2, “In the event that a third party (such as a store) were to sell an image with a student-athlete, that student-athlete “is required to take steps to stop such an activity in order to retain his or her eligibility for intercollegiate athletics.”
On May 14, the NCAA announced the creation of the “NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group,” with the organization’s ultimate goal being to consider whether or not athletes should be able to profit from their likeness.
Unfortunately for Purifoy and his inner circle, that rule has still not been overturned, meaning Blevins’ actions are in violation of NCAA rules.
Add another case to the docket for the NCAA to look into.