Olivia Dunne, a former elite gymnast, has responded to criticism over her decision to monetize her name, image, and likeness (NIL) with a simple four-word statement.
Dunne's statement, which she posted on Twitter, read: 'I'm not a victim.'
The statement was in response to criticism from some who believe that college athletes should not be able to profit from their NIL.
Dunne is one of many college athletes who have taken advantage of the new NIL rules, which allow them to profit from endorsements, sponsorships, and other deals.
Critics argue that allowing college athletes to profit from their NIL will lead to an uneven playing field, with wealthy boosters and corporations able to offer lucrative deals to top recruits.
Supporters of the NIL rules argue that they give college athletes the same rights as other students to profit from their talents and hard work.
Dunne's response to the criticism has been praised by many, who see it as a strong statement of empowerment and independence.
As the debate over NIL continues, it is clear that college sports will never be the same.