Congressman compares NCAA to Mafia

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., takes part in a congressional round-table on college sports, offering their perspectives on current state of NCAA athletics, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

WASHINGTON - A Democratic congressman is comparing the NCAA to the Mafia over how it controls the lives of student athletes.

The congressman, Bobby Rush of Illinois, made the accusations at a congressional forum on college sports called to look at the impact of "back-room deals, payoffs and scandals" in college sports.

Says Rush: "I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia."

Rush spoke after hearing from a couple of mothers of student athletes who complained of ill treatment by schools after their sons suffered injuries.

The NCAA didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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