May 19, 2024

NCAA responds to report that some college basketball players were getting paid


On Friday morning Yahoo Sports delivered a bombshell report on a federal investigation into NCAA players who had been receiving monetary benefits from agents.

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The NCAA does not allow its college athletes to be paid, and athletes are prohibited from accepting benefits from agents, especially if those benefits would sway their decision to go to one school or the other.

NCAA president Mark Emmert released a statement in response to the report condemning the people involved in the scandal.

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“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules,” the statement read.

Emmert went on to promise that the NCAA would be taking action to ensure that such payments would not happen in the future.

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“Following the Southern District of New York’s indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it’s clear this work is more important now than ever,” Emmert’s statement read.

“The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”

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