Ed O’Bannon interview Plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA

by Amy Goodwin on August 6, 2016

Ed O’Bannon is a retired American professional basketball player, known as a power forward for the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team on their 1995 NCAA Championship team. He was the 9th pick in the NBA Draft in 1995, selected by the New Jersey Nets. He spent two seasons in the NBA, but continued his professional career for another eight years, mainly playing in Europe. O’Bannon is the lead plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA, an antitrust class action lawsuit against the NCAA.

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Carl Deuker August 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm

I’ve been to two NCAA Final Fours. Both times I was struck by the $$$$ generated by the sport. Good for O’Bannon. It’s also totally clear that O’Bannon is in no way grandstanding on any of this. O’Bannon’s description of the ability to change in life is excellent. Modest guy, articulate–really interesting interview. “The athletes deserve something. Something.” How can I guy be ostracized/criticized for trying to right such an obvious wrong?

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Amy Goodwin August 7, 2016 at 9:27 pm

Two Final Fours!!! Thank you for commenting. This means a lot coming from one of the best sportswriters of all time!

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