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Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes looks to the basket as Xavier's Trevon Bluiett, left, defends during the second half in a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in St. Louis. Wisconsin won 66-63. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A Wisconsin basketball player admitted he's broke on ESPN's 'College GameDay'


Nigel Hayes is a talented basketball player at the University of Wisconsin. He's also a Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year and was the lead scorer for the Badgers last year. 

He's also broke. 

Despite helping pull in a boatload of money for the program, Hayes appeared on ESPN's "College GameDay" holding a sign saying he has no money and displaying his Venmo account name. 

Hayes appeared on television holding this sign. 

The payment of college athletes is a hot-button issue right now in the world of sports. 

Some (including Hayes) think that if a school rakes in millions by marketing a student, that student should be compensated in some way other than their education. That seems extra unfair if that student is struggling to make ends meet. 

The NCAA and many university leaders, however, feel that paying a student athletes goes against the spirit of amateurism that college athletics is built upon.  

Hayes also regularly posts to social media highlighting this problem. 

There's also one slight problem with Hayes' protest. The Venmo username on the sign is not Hayes' actual Venmo account.

Hayes wrote "Brokebadger1." Hayes' username is actually "Brokebadger," according to SB Nation

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