Statement from Ed O’Bannon, lead plaintiff in lawsuit versus the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), regarding the trial start on Monday, June 9th:
“What began five years ago as a complaint over the use of my own likeness, finally reaches its apex on Monday when our case brings the NCAA and its practices into a judicial forum. As I’ve stated from the very beginning, it is time to right a wrong. I look forward to making our case in court, a case on behalf of both current and former student-athletes who have been exploited and unfairly constrained within a free market society. Players need a voice and we are here to finally give them their rightful voice as an integral part of a multi-billion dollar industry. Now is the time for change.”
Mr. O’Bannon will not be made available to the media until the conclusion of the trial and will not make any additional statements due to his forthcoming testimony. All future media inquiries for Mr. O’Bannon can be made through bd Global at 859.951.6141.