Reports that Rutgers University spent over $450,000 on DoorDash food delivery orders from college football players and State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) wants to know why public funds were used to pick up the tab.
In seeking an investigation, O’Scanlon described the expenditures as “indictments of flagrant incompetence on the part of those charged with overseeing this university.”
“It is absolutely mind-blowing that this was allowed to happen without the notice of someone overseeing the accumulating invoices,” he said. “The person responsible for that lack of oversight needs to be held accountable.”
The Bergen Record first reported the use of free food deliveries between May 2021 and June 2022. They alleged that some players used the Rutgers account to get food deliveries while out of New Brunswick after football season was over; in one case, an unidentified player placed orders in the same day in New York and Florida. The report cited instances where athletes were charging orders to the Rutgers DoorDash account for pet food, flowers and other non-human food related expenses.
O’Scanlon pushed back on Rutgers’ response that the food costs were for student welfare “isn’t an acceptable defense.”
“It’s a nonsensical attempt to justify this mess. Sorry, it doesn’t fly,” O’Scanlon said. “The problem isn’t that the university provided the option to student athletes to meet their nutritional and welfare needs during the pandemic.”
The problem, O’Scanlon maintains was that “no one was paying attention to the invoices and spending to catch blatant misuse — which is a larger recurring issue.”
“It was only a little over a month ago that we saw other articles exposing Rutgers athletics’ misuse of Rutgers credit cards. Almost $10M on insanely inappropriate lavish charges with—again—seemingly no oversight,” said O’Scanlon. “Meanwhile Democrats saw fit to hand them $100M for an indoor practice facility this past June in a budget deal. This type of behavior is completely unacceptable and an investigation should be launched immediately.”