As the NCAA attempts to tackle numerous scandals relating to college basketball recruiting tactics, NBA superstar and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James tore into the “corrupt” athletic organization.
While James did not participate in the NCAA — opting to go straight to the pros after high school, back when players had that option — he said he is familiar with the issues that have been “going on for many, many, many, many years.”
James said the following on the matter during a Tuesday presser:
“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that. Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt. I’m not a fan of the NCAA. I love watching March Madness. I think that’s incredible. I’m not a fan of how the kids don’t benefit from none of this, so it’s kind of a fine line and I’ve got a couple boys that could be headed in that direction, so there’s going to be some decisions that we as a family have to make.”
He also noted that, while he “never been a part of it,” he does realize the multi-billion dollar NCAA programs are getting their money from unpaid athletes.
“I’ve always heard the narrative that they get a free education, but you guys are not bringing me on campus to get an education, you guys are bringing me on it to help you get to a Final Four or to a national championship, so it’s just a weird thing,” James said.
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