Hey @NCAA Let Joel Bauman Wrestle

Joel Bauman, a wrestler at University of Minnesota, was deemed ineligible this week by the NCAA. Because he committed a crime? No. Because he defaced property? No. Because he used his social media platforms to spew negativity and embarrass his school? No.

Because he made a video inspiring kids. Telling them to put their ones in the sky (you’ll understand after you watch the video). His video tells kids they can be anything they want to be and not to listen to the negative voices around them telling them otherwise. How. Dare. He.

According to USA Today College, the NCAA rules state that student athletes are not allowed to use their name or image for commercial use, including songs affiliated with a music career, according to a statement by Minnesota”s Director of Compliance J.T. Bruett.

You’ve got to be kidding me. He can put his image on any social media site he wants, but he just can’t use it to create music? He hasn’t made a dime off of this video, but I wouldn’t care if he had. I would consider it his job. He has the right to work, right? 

With athletes like these three football players from Alabama being the typical headline news stories by college athletes, you would think the NCAA would be standing on a rooftop chanting WE LOVE JOEL BAUMAN over and over until they were hoarse. Come on NCAA, get with the program, this is your big photo opp with a kid who is doing something to move our world forward. 

If you want the NCAA to Let Joel Wrestle, please RT.



  1. Paula says

    While I found his song to be quite inspiring, if he is breaking the rules he is breaking the rules. We live in a world full of rules. Not all of us think all rules are fair. For instance, I hate wearing a seat belt in my car. I would not injure anyone at all if I was in a car accident and did not have my seat belt on EXCEPT FOR ME. But it is the rule (law) so I follow it. I hope they change the rule for this young man and all others that will follow. But until they do, I think he sould either follow the rules or suffer the consequences. I don’t want my kids to think that they can get any rule they don’t feel pertains to them changed just so they can have it their way. Sorry I don’t agree with you, but I feel this is already what is wrong with a generation that wants it all THEIR way. Now on the other hand I will shout WE LOVE JOEL BAUMAN right along with you. I just think he needs to find another way to go about promoting himself. Maybe he isn’t cut out to be a wrestler after all. :)

    • Stefanie says

      Thanks for your comment Paula. He is following the rules as he has taken this decision gracefully. I, however, feel that it is a ridiculous rule and by bringing attention to it, perhaps it will inspire change. My son will be a student athlete in college this fall and I would be unbelievably proud of him if he did something so inspiring. Hopefully the NCAA will re-evaluate the rule and the term “commercial”. In fact, the NCAA would do well to re-evaluate a lot of their rules, but that’s a post for another time :)

  2. says

    I think the rules definitely need to be reevaluated. If they don’t want pictures/names used in certain areas then it needs to be made evenly across the board. No grey area. Especially when punishments are as strict as they are.

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