As the dust of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments settles this weekend, there’s one thing The Phoenix Editorial Board must mention — the problematic difference in how the NCAA treats its men’s and women’s student-athletes.
Sedona Prince, a women’s basketball player for the University of Oregon, sparked this conversation March 18 when she posted a video on social media — which later went viral — comparing the men’s and women’s weight rooms at the tournament. Prince showed the women’s weight room, consisting of a folding table with a few yoga mats and a single rack of weights. Then, she showed the men’s weight room, filled with dozens of bench presses and other state-of-the-art equipment.
It’s apparent the NCAA isn’t taking proper care of its women student-athletes when it gets down to the very basic necessities, which is discrimination. It’s hard to argue with this when the visual evidence of it is everywhere.