#FreeChaseYoung Trends After Ohio State Star Held Out From Playing Due to 'Possible' NCAA Issue

Some Twitter users want the NCAA to #FreeChaseYoung.

The hashtag began trending Friday following the Ohio State's announcement that defensive end Chase Young won't play in Saturday's game against Maryland. The reason, the school said, is that the OSU Athletics Department is investigating a "possible NCAA issue" from 2018.

Following the school's announcement, Young posted to his own Twitter account to give his side of the story, saying, "Unfortunately, I won't be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue. I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I've known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU. I repaid it in full and I'm working with the University and the NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible."

Per NCAA rules, student-athletes are not allowed to accept gifts, be it money, a t-shirt or a candy bar. In doing so, the student has committed a violation of NCAA bylaws, meaning both the school's athletic program and the student could be punished depending on the severity of the violation and if the school was aware of it.

According to Tim Nevius, Young's attorney, the loan was to cover "basic life expenses."

"Loan was repaid months ago and we're working to restore his eligibility. Unfair and outdated @NCAA ules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else," Nevius wrote on Twitter.

It's unknown if Young will be required to sit any additional games, but other similar cases have resulted in athletes being benched for multiple games. OSU, who received a No.1 ranking from the College Football Playoff Selection Committee earlier this week, has four games remaining in its regular-season schedule.

Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt posted to Twitter that he feels the fact Young's loan was from a family friend and not an agent will "be key," regarding the results of the case and how many games Young will be forced to sit out.

"More on Chase Young statement: loan was not from an agent, it was paid back before situation became public, he was truthful from the start, with precedent I would expect somewhere between 1-2 game suspension...fact that it was not from an agent and loan was paid back will be key," Klatt wrote.

"Best player in college football is being suspended for getting a loan from a family friend. If you pay the players, this doesn't happen!! I'm a Michigan fan and I still think you should #freechaseyoung," said Twitter user HTTV92

"Only athletes are presumed guilty, immediately suspended, and must prove themselves innocent," ESPN's Jay Bilas tweeted. "Quite a contrast to coaches facing allegations in the FBI investigations and federal prosecutions...they are presumed innocent until proven guilty. What an amazing concept."

"@youngchase907 our entire ASL 2 class boycotted our unit 9 exam until you can play again. We miss you #FREECHASEYOUNG," said Twitter user Fiona J.

"The Big Ten has $2.6 billion contract to broadcast its games on Fox and ESPN. But sure, let's make sure we punish Chase Young for taking a g--d--n loan from a friend. College athletics is a scam. People who back the system should be ashamed of themselves," Tweeted NFL columnist Mike Freeman.

"If a person receives a loan from a family friend that should be no one's business but the lender and the lendee. If indeed that is all the issue for Chase Young the idea of suspending him is insulting and ridiculous #OhioState #NCAA," ESPN's Mike Greenberg Tweeted.

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