ever since his former aau basketball coach, quentin rogers, gave him a copy of the autobiography of malcolm x, hayes has been an ardent reader of books and articles about the civil rights movement and african-american history; last summer, the background photo on his twitter page was a drawing that included the faces of w. january 2005, peer larson, a 17-year-old honors pre-calculus student and his father filed a lawsuit with the state of wisconsin hoping to end summer homework after claiming it created an unfair workload and unnecessary stress.., mu alpha theta (mathematics honor society), national honor society, peace group, peer helpers, peers with impact, pep band, pom pons, science olympiad, stage crew, student senate, falcon flier (the school newspaper), equestrian club.
[other students] make a couple dollars for their local restaurant. lawsuit, which states “the hallmark of higher education is that all students and all viewpoints are allowed to compete in the ‘marketplace of ideas'” on campus, soundly condemned the university for infringing upon the students’ rights and discriminating against their religion. recent academic research suggests that racial resentment is one of the main factors fueling white resistance to compensating student-athletes.
photo by mary langenfeld-usa today sports when hayes first joined the jenkins suit, wisconsin's athletic department released a statement expressing support for him as "a student and team member," but also reiterating that the school did not believe in the "professionalization of intercollegiate athletics. "whenever i spoke about ncaa issues, nigel was always there," bohannon says. they just don't say so out loud, for the same reason many professional athletes don't sound off about social issues.
he loves being a student, too, and has spent the last four years expanding his mind—becoming, as he jokes, woke. at the same time, he found himself and his teammates wolfing down every last snack put out in the wisconsin locker room during his freshman summer—"we were all out of money," hayes says, "so we couldn't get anything else to eat"—and similarly out of luck when he wanted to go home to visit his parents. it was the summer of 2013, and the little-known junior center for wisconsin was about to make a name for himself, eventually becoming college basketball's player of the year, a nba draft lottery selection, and something of a folk hero.
"whenever i spoke about ncaa issues, nigel was always there," bohannon says. when hayes added his name to the suit in 2014, a columnist for wisconsin's student newspaper wrote that he couldn't empathize, and that hayes should "hunker down, practice hard, and play well. it was the summer of 2013, and the little-known junior center for wisconsin was about to make a name for himself, eventually becoming college basketball's player of the year, a nba draft lottery selection, and something of a folk hero.