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Vikings' Floyd declines comment on NCAA lawsuit

Posted by: Matt Vensel Updated: April 26, 2014 - 2:47 PM

Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd is one of seven named plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit that was filed against the NCAA on Friday.

The lawsuit is in U.S. District court for the District of Minnesota. According to the Los Angeles Times, the lawsuit accused the NCAA and its 11 conferences of fixing prices by capping the value of athletic scholarships while the NCAA’s profits are reportedly close to a billion dollars annually.

 According to Pro Football Talk, the complaint describes the NCAA as an "illegal cartel."

The lawsuit was said to be filed on behalf of all football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball players. In addition to Floyd, who played college football for the Florida Gators, the plaintiffs include former Kennesaw State women’s basketball player Ashley Holliday.

Appearing at a Play 60 event at Winter Park on Saturday, Floyd declined comment.

But Friday night, the second-year player alluded to the lawsuit via his Twitter account.

“Student athletes need to be respected more,” he wrote. “It's hard for great coaches to do their job when their athletes are just looking for something as simple as an extra meal, a movie date with a friend and comfort that they are gonna be taken care of and not taken advantage of. Athletes shouldn't be suspended for raising money, to better his life or for looking at a mentor as a father. This has nothing to do with the Gator Nation. I love my college and will always be a Gator.”

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