The UCF Kicker That Had The NCAA Reprimand Him For His YouTube Channel Took A Jab At The NCAA On His YouTube Channel
FTW- Earlier this week, Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye said he was presented with an ultimatum from UCF’s compliance office: Either he could get rid of his popular YouTube channel that makes him some money, or quit football entirely.
It looks like he hasn’t quit just yet, and he’s using the channel to make a statement about the NCAA in the process...
So that's it, right? We just got our decision from Donald De La Haye? He officially values his YouTube channel and it's 59,000+ subscribers over repeatedly kicking a football for a University that is one year removed from a winless, defeated season? I know that technically he's still allowed to make videos as long as he's not doing something awful and egregious like putting a little petty cash in his pocket during the process, but if there's one bull you don't mess with without getting the horns then it's the NCAA. I love that the kid used a successful public medium to shed light on the injustices of an organization that looks out for the "best interests" of student athletes by making sure they stay broke while exploiting them for every penny they are worth. However, the higher-ups that offered a sternly worded ultimatum in response to a couple advertising dollars probably aren't going to be as receptive.
In fact, I think I am at liberty to say that the NCAA most definitely won't feel inspired to change by watching a video that blatantly mocks their head-scratchingly hypocritical ways. That's not an indictment of how well UCF's (potentially former) field goal kicker made his point, but rather an indictment of the soulless robots that are wired to marginalize their manual labor. Will Smith might have you thinking differently, but 'iRobot' was just a movie and machines most certainly do not have feelings or opinions that can be swayed by humor or circumstance. I wish Donald De La Haye the best, but I don't think that changing the one track minds of rich white dudes that have ridden the backs of student athletes in an effort to reach the highest branches of the money tree is as simple as internet shaming them.