ESPN analyst says Jordan Bohannon 'looked ungrateful' while bashing NCAA
ESPN college basketball analyst and former head coach Seth Greenberg wasn’t a fan of Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon mocking the NCAA over the past week as teams prepared for March Madness.
In an interview with CBS Sports Radio, Greenberg mentioned Bohannon — who mocked the NCAA for providing student-athletes with gift bags for the tournament — and said he thought the Hawkeye senior looked ungrateful.
Bohannon teamed up with Rutgers’ Geo Baker, Michigan’s Isaiah Livers and several other college basketball players in a #NotNCAAProperty movement that occurred hours before the first game of the NCAA Tournament. The movement was a push for the NCAA to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness.
It wasn’t so much the movement that Greenberg was upset with. Instead, he thought mocking the NCAA for providing gift bags was the mistake the Iowa guard made.
“Earlier in the week we heard Jordan Bohannon talk about his gift bag, drop F-bombs and make fun of a gift bag from the NCAA,” Greenberg said. “He looked ungrateful. I don’t know Jordan Bohannon, he might be the greatest guy in the world, but he looked ungrateful. It was embarrassing to me. We got people sitting in their car at food banks hoping they can get a meal. We’ve got moms working from home and home-schooling their kids. We have parents and families who are losing their homes and have lost their jobs and are waiting for their stimulus checks. And we’ve got players who have flown on a charter plane making fun of a gift bag.”
Greenberg preferred the sentiments from Iowa’s Luka Garza and Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado from the past weekend.
“Listening to Luka Garza and Jose Alvarado it resonated with me. That’s why I got into coaching, that’s why this thing is special because they actually said ‘it changed my life.’ Man, it just gave me hope that people realize that there’s some elite players out there and God Bless’em, it’s great for college basketball. Those are two really good players; National Player of the Year; Defensive Player of the Year in the ACC and they get it. Go into college, get an education, playing on the stage they played in, relationships they built and the experience they had changed their life.”