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The jersey John Henson gave to wounded veteran lands on eBay

Jeff Eisenberg
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One of the most touching moments of Friday night's Carrier Classic came just after the final buzzer sounded when players from North Carolina and Michigan State stripped off their camouflage jerseys and handed them to veterans sitting courtside.

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To the Tar Heels and Spartans, it was a Veterans Day tribute to the military. To at least one of the former troops, it was a money-making opportunity.

A California-based seller with the username "ratboi" made an eBay listing for North Carolina forward John Henson's game-worn No. 31 jersey on Tuesday morning with an asking price of $1,525. The seller removed the item from eBay soon afterward when Henson tweeted out the link and expressed his disappointment at seeing his jersey up for sale.

"Whoever is selling my jersey I gave to a wounded veteran from the ship is not cool at all... smh..," Henson tweeted. Later he softened a bit, adding "Hopefully he is selling it for a good cause..."

We'd all like to assume that each of the veterans who received jerseys Friday night went home and framed them on their walls, but at the same time it's not fair to crucify the seller without knowing the circumstances. Maybe he needs the money for medical expenses or to buy holiday gifts for his family. Not everyone can afford to value sentiment over cash.

Regardless, Henson's disappointment is understandable. Not only did he give up his jersey as a gift, NCAA rules also prohibit student-athletes like Henson from selling the jersey himself even though it's only valuable because he wore it.

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