Internet jabs GOP senator for threatening to tax NCAA students' financial aid
Senator Richard Burr appears on CBS (Youtube/screen grab)

On Tuesday, the leadership of the NCAA announced they would be rescinding a longtime, controversial rule that prohibits college athletes from pursuing sponsorship deals and profiting from their likeness. This is something both the association and conservative sports fans have long opposed, claiming that students — despite making their schools billions of dollars — shouldn't get compensated beyond their sports scholarships.


One Republican lawmaker, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), took it a step further, tweeting that if students can receive this compensation, he will seek to tax their financial aid as income:

Burr immediately drew criticism from commenters on social media: