NBA superstar LeBron James has plenty of smoke for the NCAA. The Cleveland Cavaliers icon has fired off some brutal honesty about the college sports organization amid publicized corruption scandals.
Despite skipping college basketball and going straight into the league in 2003, King James believes the NCAA is a corrupt business.
“The NCAA is corrupt,” James said when asked about the college basketball scandal at Tuesday’s shootaround in Cleveland. “We know that. I’m sorry. It’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.” Yahoo Sports reporters Pat Forde and Pete Thamel revealed documents on Friday that implicated dozens of current and former college players from the most high-profile Division I college basketball programs in a scandal involving payments from former NBA agent Andy Miller and his company. (Yahoo! Sports)
Former NBA and college basketball star Jalen Rose made headlines this week after suggesting NCAA players should boycott the upcoming March Madness tournament.
Jalen Rose to NCAA basketball players: "Don't play in the NCAA Tournament. Send a message young fellas … go for the money."
— Adam Reisinger (@AdamReisinger) February 24, 2018
Last weekend, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy called out the NCAA over multiple publicized corrupt money-grubbing scandals.
Over the course of seven minutes early Sunday, Van Gundy blistered who he thinks are the real culprits of the scandal — the NCAA and college presidents. “The NCAA is one of the worst organizations — maybe the worst organization — in sports,” Van Gundy said. “They certainly don’t care about the athlete. They’re going to act like they’re appalled by all these things going on in college basketball. Please, it’s ridiculous and it’s all coming down on the coaches.” (Detroit Free Press)
As of late, the FBI has targeted a handful of top-tier colleges and universities for players possibly violating the league’s rules.
Players from more than 20 Division I men’s basketball programs have been identified as possibly breaking NCAA rules through violations that were uncovered by the FBI’s investigation into corruption in the sport, according to documents published by Yahoo! Sports. Schools identified by Yahoo! as having players who possibly violated NCAA rules include Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Kansas. At least 25 players are linked to impermissible benefits, including Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Duke’s Wendell Carter. (ESPN)