Franklin going down because of Bieber Fever? Never!
Franklin, a Bieber fan through and through, was thrilled when Bieber tweeted her a recorded video message of appreciation for her stunning performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games. A massive carepackage followed.
“(Bieber) sent me a huge care package, which was so awesome,” Missy explained on NBC’s Today in August. “I walk home and my mom is so cute; she took everything out and set it out on the table. I had T-shirts and CDs and posters and all that stuff.”
Sadly, perhaps even ridiculously, the NCAA views carepackages from pop stars, like Bieber, something only a pro athlete would receive.
“It was really sweet of him,” Franklin told ESPN’s Wayne Drehs. “But it was considered a form of special treatment that could have jeopardized my amateur status. I’ve given up way too much and sacrificed too much to keep a Justin Bieber T-shirt and lose it all. So I sent it back.”
Franklin has maintained for nearly a year that she will attend and compete at the college level. She has committed to the University of California at Berkely and will continue her powerhouse swimming career under Coach Teri McKeever, the 2012 US Olympic Swimming Team Head Coach.
UPDATED 5:o5pm: On Wednesday USA Today reported that Missy Franklin gave back her Bieber carepackage to preserve her NCAA eligibility. Now (40 minutes ago) they’re reporting that the NCAA is okay with it.
Apparently Bieber gives gifts to fans routinely, thus Franklin wasn’t given special treatment. That’s how USA Today explained it.
So, Bieber Fever is just fine by the NCAA…but I wonder if they’re “fine” because USA Today reported the story, calling them out?