Arian Foster Took Money in College


20130922-000240.jpgTexans star running back Arian Foster is tired if being bullied by the big bad NCAA. Foster came out in an SI.com article, “Schooled: The Price of College Sports,” saying he claimed money when he played at the University of Tennessee. During the documentary, Foster said he took money so he could afford rent and food when he played college ball.

“I just feel strong about the injustice that the NCAA has been doing for years,” Adrian said. “That’s why I said what I said. I’m not trying to throw anybody under the bus. … I feel like I shouldn’t have to run from the NCAA anymore. They’re like these big bullies. I’m not scared of them.” Most people would agree with him, the NCAA has become to big and has stretched past its jurisdiction. Who is to say whether or not a college athlete can’t sell an autograph to be able to buy dinner? Where does that power come from?

The NCAA will argue that they have to protect the amateurism of the college athlete, but for what? What is so sacred about it that causes us as a society, to criminalize athletes for making a few extra buck off their name? Johnny Manzel being most notably penalized for it over this off-season.

“They really have us hoodwinked into thinking taking money is wrong as a college athlete. It’s wrong for us, but it’s not wrong for them. I guarantee every NCAA official has a (BMW) or Benz or something. That’s not wrong, but it’s wrong for me to get $20 to get something to eat? Dez Bryant couldn’t get taken out to dinner by Deion Sanders, his mentor, he sat out a whole season because of that? That’s not wrong? But if you can drive around in a Benz, that’s OK? It’s not right.” Says Foster.

He goes on to explain his situation at Tennessee where he had no money. It would be either he paid the rent or bought food. He explained how he had to go to his coach for help and his coach brought him and 3 others 50 tacos, making a NCAA violation. Foster says he never took money from a coach in the program but that there were people outside of the program that helped.

The NCAA has created a system where colleges, merchandise stores, and video game companies (although EA and the NCAA terminated their contract) make millions of dollar$ off of a college athlete and his/her name, but that same athlete can’t make a dime off his name without causing an investigation and eventually a suspension.

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About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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