Vikings' Sharrif Floyd Heads Lawsuit Filed Against NCAA; Alleges 'Illegal Cartel', Price-Fixing

Updated: 04/28/2014 2:03 PM By: Megan Stewart

Sharrif Floyd
Sharrif Floyd
Photo: Photo: Twitter/@sharriffloyd

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has been listed as the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in Minneapolis federal court Friday against the NCAA, calling the collegiate organization an "illegal cartel."

Floyd is one of seven plaintiffs in the lawsuit that was filed on behalf of all college football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players in the 11 major college conferences. Former Kennesaw State basketball player Ashley Holliday is listed and is now believed to be the first woman to be named a plaintiff in an antitrust action against the NCAA.
The complaint alleges full scholarships granted by the NCAA do not cover the full cost of attending college. The lawsuit cites studies alleging full-scholarship athletes often fall $3,000 to $5,000 short of what it takes to go to school while limiting an athlete's avenues for making up the difference.

Moreover, it accuses the NCAA and the conferences, including the Big 10 and the SEC, Floyd's former conference, of "illegal price-fixing arrangements," by capping the value of athletic scholarships.

Also listed as plaintiffs are former University of Minnesota football players Duane Bennett, once a starting running back, and Kyle Theret, a former starting defensive back.

Floyd, who played for the University of Florida, made the following post to his Twitter account following Friday's filing:

"Student athletes need to be respected more. 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."