Bohannon, Iowa basketball take March Madness rug hostage

Iowa basketball guard Jordan Bohannon gave the NCAA an ultimatum regarding a March Madness rug.

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Bohannon, Iowa basketball take March Madness rug hostage

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon waits for the game to resume during the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon waits for the game to resume during the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

Katina Zentz

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon waits for the game to resume during the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

Katina Zentz

Katina Zentz

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon waits for the game to resume during the NCAA game against Cincinnati at Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Bearcats 79-72.

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Jordan Bohannon gave the NCAA two options: pay him or suffer the loss of its beloved March Madness rug that gets laid out in locker rooms at the NCAA Tournament.

Bohannon retweeted an article from The Wall Street Journal about NCAA players plucking the rugs that aren’t for sale from their respective locker rooms before tweeting his ransom note at the NCAA.

Bohannon also aired his grievances about the NCAA taking away his Goldfish snack before a press conference following Iowa’s first-round win over Cincinnati. He also noted he was forced to pour his drink into an NCAA-approved cup, which all on-court members are required to do.