Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly joins #NotNCAAProperty basketball player movement

Erik Hall
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama men's basketball guard Jahvon Quinerly was among several college basketball players to join a player empowerment movement with the hashtag #NotNCAAProperty on Wednesday — a day before the start of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Rutgers guard Geo Baker started the hashtag Wednesday with a tweet at 12:42 p.m. CT. 

Baker's tweet said, "The NCAA OWNS my name image and likeness. Someone on music scholarship can profit from an album. Someone on academic scholarship can have a tutor service. For ppl who say “an athletic scholarship is enough.” Anything less than equal rights is never enough. I am #NotNCAAProperty" 

Hundreds of tweets followed Bakers throughout Wednesday, including Quinerly's tweet at 3:48 p.m. CT.

Quinerly initially quote tweeted Baker's original tweet and said, "Well Said #NotNCAAProperty."

He also retweeted several players that used the hashtag, including Maryland's  Darryl Morsell, Iowa's Jordan Bohannon, and Rutger's Ron Harper Jr. 

Quinerly comes to the topic from the perspective of someone forced to sit out the entire 2019-20 season after transferring from Villanova to Alabama.

Jahvon Quinerly statement on #NotNCAAProperty

Alabama's Jahvon Quinerly plays against LSU during the first half of the championship game at the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference Tournament Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Then at 7:06 p.m. CT, Quinerly put out a longer statement with the hashtag #NotNCAAProperty. 

Quinerly wrote, "Though I am completely focused on competing with my teammates going forward, I must say since it is a topic of discussion, the NCAA has not allowed me or my brothers to profit off of our GLOBAL 'JellyFam' movement that took social media by storm years ago. This is a movement that has the potential to not only put ourselves in better positions financially but our families as well. Meanwhile, people were able to make their own profits off our movement since we could do nothing with it in order to keep our NCAA eligibility alive. #NotNCAAProperty"

JellyFam was a self-adorned monicker for a group of high school basketball players from the New York/New Jersey area that played with flair and received significant social media notoriety. It was led by current Long Beach State basketball player Isaiah Washington, who is from Harlem, New York.

Dick Vitale on #NotNCAAProperty

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale gave his thoughts about the #NotNCAAProperty hashtag.

"The players WILL & should be HEARD / they r sending a LOUD Message - I AGREE with them," Vitale said in a tweet.

National College Players Association statement

The National College Players Association put out a statement Wednesday about what players are hoping for from the #NotNCAAProperty protest. 

The four requests were:

1. NCAA rule changes to allow all athletes the freedom to secure representation and receive pay for use of our name, image, and likeness by July 1st.

2. A meeting with NCAA President Mark Emmert.

3. Meetings with state & federal lawmakers and President Biden’s administration to pass laws to give college athletes physical, academic, and financial protections.

4. The Supreme Court to rule in support of plaintiffs/college athletes in Alston v. NCAA and to not give the NCAA any power to deny us equal freedoms.

The National College Players Association describes itself as a nonprofit advocacy group "that serves as the only independent voice for college athletes across the nation."

Entering the NCAA Tournament, Quinerly leads Alabama in 3-point shooting percentage (44.3%), ranks seconds in assists (80), and third in points (342). He's coming off being named MVP of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. 

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No. 2-seeded Alabama is scheduled to open the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 20, against No. 15 seed Iona. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik