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NCAA ends confusion over coronavirus fundraiser involving Clemson's Trevor Lawrence

NCAA rules shut down Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence girlfriend’s attempt to raise money for coronavirus victims NCAA shuts down Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence’s GoFundMe for coronavirus victims
Cary Erickson | 25 March, 2020, 18:42

The NCAA later reached out to Clemson about the fundraiser, and said that it will allow "university discretion" on charities related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend, Marissa Mowry, have been given the green light to continue their GoFundMe to help those affected by coronavirus, after the NCAA initially shut down their fundraising efforts. "Sorry for all the drama and all the confusion, but we got it worked out".

When Clemson compliance officials learned about the page, they asked Lawrence and Mowry to deactivate it based on their interpretation and enforcement of NCAA policy, which does not allow the use of name, image and likeness for crowd funding. But by the end of the day, the couple took down the GoFundMe page.

"Shout out to the NCAA", Lawrence wrote via Instagram.

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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. "Thank you guys, all of y'all that donated".

Clemson's athletic department also issued a statement addressing the development. "We're going to take the night and maybe some of tomorrow or whatever to figure out exactly how we want to do it to be as efficient and to help as many people as possible".

According to the NCAA website, "Division I student-athletes may not promote or endorse a commercial product or service, even if they are not paid to participate in the activity". "It was more of just their rules that are in place that our compliance department was following just to make sure that we were in the clear as Clemson, as an organization, that we were doing things the right way". Rather than giving money to individual families, Mowry said in the Instagram video that the funds raised will go to No Kid Hungry and Meals on Wheels. "They've done a really good job of responding and actually allowing us to do it". Again, our intentions were to try and help everyone, and that's changed a little bit.