Sen. Burr 'Ratioed' After Tweeting Plan To Tax NCAA Athletes

Oct 30, 2019
Originally published on October 30, 2019 8:26 am

Shortly after the NCAA's surprising announcement Tuesday that it would initiate plans for college athletes to earn money off their names and images, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr issued his thoughts on the matter in a tweet.

And quickly, Burr was what's known in the social media world as "ratioed."

That is, he received far more comments to his tweet than retweets or likes -- a sure sign that many disagreed with his opinion.

The tweet that caused an uproar from Twitter users across the political spectrum said that if the NCAA followed through with its plans, Burr would introduce legislation that would require athletic scholarships to be treated like income so that athletes who chose to "cash in" would have to pay income tax.

As of 7 p.m. Tuesday, Burr's tweet had about 15,000 comments, and just 3,000 likes and 900 retweets.

Ben Domenech, co-founder of the conservative website The Federalist, called the tweet "idiotic."


Brady Quinn, a former Notre Dame quarterback and now an NFL analyst for FOX, chimed in his thoughts on what he essentially called hypocracy.


Sports journalist Molly Knight pointed out that Burr was among those senators who voted for President Donald Trump's 2017 tax cuts.

Even a former "The Bachelor" candidate had thoughts.


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