This afternoon, the unpopular U.S. Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney, tweeted, “We need to make sure the college athletes of today, and athletes in the future, don’t have to sacrifice their time and their bodies without being fairly compensated. If the @NCAAdoesn’t act, Congress will.” 

Given California’s Fair Pay for Play legislation and the NCAA being open to the idea of compensation for college athletes suggests there’s going to be some movement on the issue, Romney said Wednesday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”

“If not, why I think Congress will act to make some movement because I think we recognize it’s just not fair to have these athletes giving the kind of time they give to their sport and not receiving any kind of compensation or remuneration particularly at a time where they come from very, very poor families in many cases,” he said.

The NCAA wants to see the changes in place no later than January 2021.

Romney, who led the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, said he hopes the NCAA recognizes that the idea of using name, image and likeness as a way to compensate athletes could lead to some very unusual circumstances that need to be avoided.

But the Utah Republican said there is more work to be done, including Congress stepping in to reform college sports.

During an interview with the unpopular U.S. Senator, Romney can be seen talking out of both sides of his mouth. On one hand, he can be seen talking about helping “very, very poor” NCAA athletes, but wants to make sure they’re not making too much money.

Make up your mind, Mitt. Do you want them to be paid just enough to get by, or should they earn whatever they’re capable of earning? Should it really matter to Mitt what kind of car they drive? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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