NCAA shuts down Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence’s GoFundMe for coronavirus victims

Tanya Simon
March 25, 2020

The NCAA forbids using an athlete's name, image and likeness for crowdfunding, and a Clemson official confirmed the story to The State.

The latest example of this comes during the coronavirus pandemic that we're all doing our best to get through.

Lawrence and Mowry originally started a GoFundMe fund-raising page for coronavirus victims Monday afternoon, but it was shut down the same day after raising $2,670.

But the mission, launched Monday on social media and a GoFundMe page, set off a chain of events they hadn't foreseen.

In a statement Tuesday evening, the NCAA said it did not ask Lawrence to take down the fundraiser and added, "We continue to work with member schools so they have the flexibility to ensure that student-athletes and communities impacted by this illness are supported, and we applaud Trevor for his efforts". Before the NCAA contacted Clemson, Mowry had posted a video on Instagram Tuesday explaining the situation, thanking those who donated and apologizing for any confusion. "Thank y'all so much for granting a waiver", he said.

The pair said they are instead going to donate that money to No Kid Hungry and Meals on Wheels, however it's unclear if they will be allowed to do so as NCAA rules prohibit the use of the fundraiser in the first place.

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Clemson's athletic department also issued a statement addressing the development. So we're gonna take some time and kind of think about how we're going to restart it back up.

They raised almost $3,000 in a very short amount of time, but Mowry revealed on her Instagram account that the NCAA caught wind of the fundraiser and put a stop to it. However, it was initially reported that the page attached to Trevor Lawrence had been shut down by the NCAA because it violated bylaws.

I mean, come on NCAA.

Marissa Mowry, Lawrence's girlfriend, said in an Instagram video "some rules" prohibited the Tigers star signal-caller from asking for donations. So we really appreciate y'all.

"Our intentions were to try and help everyone", Mowry said.

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