Trevor Lawrence GoFundMe, became the topic of a confusing.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is among the many athletes looking to help people during the coronavirus pandemic, but his campaign on GoFundMe became the topic of a confusing ordeal between the NCAA, Lawrence and Clemson on Tuesday.
Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry started the account on Monday afternoon to raise money for COVID-19 family relief and support. Mowry revealed in a video on her Instagram page that they raised $2,670, which will go to Meals on Wheels America and No Kid Hungry. The campaign is no longer active.
A Clemson official initially told The State that “NCAA rules that prohibit using name, image and likeness for crowd funding,” meaning Lawrence and Mowry could not keep the campaign up.
The school later told The Athletic’s Grace Raynor that, “in light of current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the NCAA reached out to Clemson Athletics this evening informing us that they are waiving restrictions that had been in place and are now allowing institutions to utilize discretion with respect to fundraising efforts.”
Previously Raynor reported that the NCAA did not directly ask Clemson to stop Lawrence’s campaign, but that the school’s compliance department asked him to take it down due to the league’s rules.
The NCAA released a statement on the situation Tuesday evening.