NCAA Rightfully Allows Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence's GoFundMe for Coronavirus Victims to Continue

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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be allowed to continue his fundraiser after the NCAA reversed an earlier decision to take it down. | Alika Jenner/Getty Images

Even in the middle of a global crisis, the NCAA still found a way to become a part of the story in an unfortunate way. As Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence attempted to use his status to try and help the local community affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the NCAA was accused of attempting to shut it down because it involved raising money based on Lawrence's "image and likeness."

That initial story was met with immediate backlash, and notably, the NCAA denied it made any attempt to stop the effort. Fortunately, the organization is now making it clear that Lawrence may continue fundraising.

Of course, it would have been more noble of the NCAA to pledge to match the funds that Lawrence raised, or perhaps encourage more athletes, universities, and athletic organiations to join in similar efforts.

But given who it is we're talking about here, that might be too much to ask.

It says a lot that the NCAA felt a need to put out such a statement to try a disprove what they themselves framed as a rumor. The relationship between the NCAA and the public is frayed at best, and stories like this will not help repair those relations any faster.

At the very least, some good will ultimately come out of all this in the form of needed relief for those who need it most.