Many believe that Student Athletes should be getting paid for their services, as they make enormous amounts of money for their programs, only to get very little out of it. Some believe that they shouldn’t be getting paid, as a free ride to school is well worth the trade in the long run. In a piece written by Damon Jackson of the Gridiron Tribune, he writes that the NCAA is a corrupted scheme and they take advantage of the “free labor” that is the college athlete.
It’s happening everywhere, whether the NCAA wants to admit it or not – players are getting paid.
Texans RB Arian Foster admitted as much in a documentary titled “Schooled: The Price of College Sports”
“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” said Foster. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.
“There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn’t have enough for food,” Foster said in the 90-minute documentary. “Our stadium had like 107,000 seats; 107,000 people buying a ticket to come watch us play. It’s tough just like knowing that, being aware of that. We had just won and I had a good game, 100 yards or whatever You go outside and there’s hundreds of kids waiting for you. You’re signing autographs, taking pictures, whatever.
“Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there’s nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don’t I have anything to show for what I just did? There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry. Either you give us some food, or I’m gonna go do something stupid.’ He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. [laughs] But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful.”
“I’m a firm believer that an employee should get paid for his work,” Foster added. “And, 100 percent, I see student athletes as employees. Hiding from it is just cowardly.”
He may have opened up a lot more than just an NCAA investigation here, and this documentary may be doing a lot more than that.
Will the NCAA ever change their ways? Time will tell, but everybody knows this is going on, some just do a better job hiding it than others.
[H/T: Sports Illustrated]
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