Tuskegee University football player loses leg trying to help a friend

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (WIAT) – One college football player is in need of support. 

Jabari Bailey, a member of Tuskegee University’s football team, is facing a long recovery after losing his leg in a car accident in Memphis, Tenn. earlier this month.

On July 11, while assisting a stranded friend, a truck slammed into the rear of the friends car, pinning Jabari between the two cars and severing his left leg at the knee.

The driver of the truck has been charged with failing to yield causing serious injury.

Jabari Bailey has a GoFundMeAccount on his family’s behalf to assist with various expense, according to the release from Tuskegee University. 

Tuskegee released the following Press Release :

NCAA rules permit Tuskegee to pay directly for Jabari’s actual and necessary expenses related to him and his family. This GoFundMe account extends beyond that scope of covering rehabilitation and any other related expenses.

The GoFundMe effort is in compliance with NCAA rules and allows all fans, donors and supporters to contribute to these particular expenses.

Under NCAA bylaw 16.11.1.7-(g), if an NCAA school is involved, the name, image and likeness of the student-athlete can be used to help raise money for student-athletes (or their family members) under the following extreme circumstances:

  • Extreme circumstances should be extraordinary in the result of events beyond the student-athlete’s control (e.g., life-threatening illness, natural disaster);
  • The proceeds must be designated for a specific purpose (e.g., payment of medical bills, purchase of medical equipment, replacement of items lost in a fire, etc.)
  • The proceeds may be given directly to the beneficiaries, with receipt kept on file by the institution, which must include the amount of expenses incurred and the total amount received.

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