Sport Kings - Ware is on the road to recovery, and has received an immense amount of support from around the country that was documented by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports. The sophomore guard has been piled with letters and notes to the point where he has a person in the University Of Louisville’s office dedicated to handling and organizing the plethora of things being sent Ware’s way. Some supporters have taken it a step further, and have sent Ware gifts as a kind gesture. One problem: many of these gifts violate NCAA policy and cannot be accepted. Forde lists some of the gifts that have been returned or used for other purposes:
A significant amount of the mail has been flagged for Return to Sender by Louisville’s compliance office because it violates NCAA rules. That stuff is in a separate bin, in a different room. Gift cards for iTunes, restaurants and bookstores must go back. The box of T-shirts that read “Be Ware The Cards” on the front and “United Cards 5″ on the back will be shipped to the Daniel Pitino Shelter for homeless women and children in Owensboro, Ky. The guy who sent his business card, offering to cut endorsement deals for Ware, will not get through. Neither will the bags of herb coffee. The cash must be returned, too. Plenty of people stuck small bills in greeting cards. Audrey from Louisville sent a dollar in a Get Well Soon card with a teddy bear on the front. “The dollar is because I was raised well,” Audrey wrote, “and I don’t want the NCAA rules to come into play.”
They do. Even for a dollar.
In an interview about the article that he wrote, Forde says that Ware was sent dog toys by a supporter which could not be accepted per NCAA policy. The toys were for Ware’s baby pitbull named Scar, who Ware got after his surgery and symbolically named after the giant scar on his leg, Forde explained.
Emmert should write a book or something, “How To Make The Wrong Decision With Literally Every Single More You Make.” Focus on the U Miami investigation, sprinkle in some chapters on player penalties for tattoos and game jerseys, end with a bang with Kevin Ware having to return doggy bones he got in the mail. Oh you broke your leg off your body on national television and all your teammates cried and blacked out because it was so traumatizing? Fuck you and fuck your dog. No treats. No iTunes gift cards. No herb coffee. No teddy bears. ABSOLUTELY no dollar bills. Because if we let you reap the rewards of involuntarily amputating your leg on TV during March Madness we’ll have to allow everybody who snaps their leg in half to receive gifts from strangers and that just can’t happen. Not on our watch.