I must preface this article by stating that Marcus Mariota and Tim Tebow are my all-time favorite college football players. With that written, Tebow’s take on paying college athletes is the very definition of white male privilege.
According to multiple sources: Athletes at California colleges could hire agents and sign endorsement deals under a bill the state Legislature sent to the governor Wednesday.
Governor Gavin Newsom has not said whether he will sign the bill. But, the NCAA Board Of Governors is already urging him not to sign the bill. The NCAA is threatening to ban college football powerhouses, USC, UCLA and Stanford from the NCAA. Stating that paying players would give them an unfair advantage in recruiting practices.
Former Florida Gators quarterback, Tim Tebow, had this to say about the new proposed rule.
Tebow said that when he was at Florida his jersey was the 3rd most popular, sports shirt, sold around the world. He said it was 3rd behind Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Tebow said he didn’t want to make money off his jersey sales because college football is about “We” not me.
It is admirable that Tebow said and thought that. But, Tebow never had to struggle for a meal, he never had to go hungry or not sleep in a bed.
In 2015, the National College Players Association released a report that stated 86 percent of college athletes live below the poverty line.
I don’t need to see a rich, white athlete talk about his college experience on National TV regarding this issue. If we want to get to the bottom of this issue…we need to interview players who are in that 86 percentile.
Josh Jacobs, played for the University of Alabama. He is now the starting running back for the Oakland Raiders. Growing up he spent several nights sleeping in cars or motels. I am sure Jacobs and thousands of other athletes could have used an extra $50-100 per month they would make off jersey sales or video game likeness.
Tebow was way out line saying that his experience should be everyone’s experience. It was embarrassing to see and a huge swing and a miss. But, Tebow is used to swinging and missing. In three years playing minor league baseball he had a career batting average of .223 and struck out over 300 times.
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