BSO- One of the newest voices in support of college athletes is super agent Don Yee. Don Yee, who represents New England quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, recently wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post expressing his support for paying college players and even recommends boycotts as a means to bring about change.
In his column Yee says the following...
“After all, who is actually earning the billions of dollars flooding universities, athletic conferences, TV networks and their sponsors? To a large extent, it’s young black men, who are heavily overrepresented in football and men’s basketball, the two sports that bring in virtually all the revenue in college athletics.”
“So by refusing to pay athletes, the NCAA isn’t just perpetuating a financial injustice. It’s also committing a racial one.”
Whoa, slow down a second Donny boy. Are you saying that an organization as money hungry as the NCAA cares where that money is coming from? You trying to tell me they are concerned about colors that aren't green? Or is it possible that all you're really saying is that due to a set of correlating coincidences African Americans happen to be the most exploited demographic amongst the landscape of college sports?
The NCAA isn't blatantly racist. It's not subtly racist. It's not even institutionally racist. The most harrowing declaration you could make about college athletics is that they are circumstancially racist. They are prejudice by happenstance. I don't think an organization can be considered racist when the actions that are being deemed discriminatory are merely a product of concurrence. The NCAA would be just as happy to marginalize a bunch of white boys if soccer, baseball, and hockey were filling stadiums and signing multimillion dollar TV deals. I don't support their decision not to reimburse these kids for all that they provide athletically, and in turn financially, but I am certainly not going to call it a decision that is predicated on skin color.
According to Don, if young underprivileged black kids stopped running so fast and jumping so high and gave entitled white kids a better chance to succeed athletically then the NCAA wouldn't be racist anymore? Does he realize how little sense that makes? Racism can't be something that is dependent on the actions of others. It's not the higher-up's fault that African Americans are basically too good at the right activities not to get marginalized. They are to blame for taking advantage of students in the first place, but they aren't to blame for those students being black.
Hell, as long as no college athletes are getting paid then being the most exploited should actually be a goal. I bet white kids would cherish the honor of being as exploited - and in turn as beloved - as their African American peers. They would love to get underpaid, more so than they already are, to play on a national stage. If anything, this should be considered a criticism of caucasian athletes. Come on guys, step your game up. Stop putting all your effort into playing sports that are damn near unwatchable to the casual fan. Your games aren't at all profitable and it's making the NCAA look like a bunch of bigots. Don't you guys have any interest in attaining equality of exploitation? Don's over here throwing a hissy fit because you guys can't run 4.4 forty's. He's about to call in Al Sharpton because you dummies can't dunk a basketball. Never mind that if he had a son that grew up to be the next Jeremy Lin he would be just as exploited as Ben Simmons. Never mind that his client, Tom Brady, didn't receive so much as a free meal plan for busting his ass on behalf of the University of Michigan. That doesn't fit his narrative that not only are college sports run by greedy, close-minded buffoons, but they are run by prejudice, greedy, close-minded buffoons. A narrative that seems misguided and disjointed at best.