Earlier this week, California passed a bill allowing student-athletes to earn money from the use of their names, images and likenesses. If the bill becomes law, California would allow those student-athletes to be compensated for their play.
Following the decision, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said it’s about time. According to Stephen A., athletes should be able to earn money during their collegiate careers.
In talking about the bill, Smith mentioned Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils. Smith suggested Williamson should earn more than other players around the country – because this is America.
He posted the video on Instagram and received a comment from a former NBA star suggesting players are already being compensated for their play.
Gilbert Arenas hopped in the comments section and said he knows two Duke players who took $200,000 within the last five years.
“I know two players in the last five years that’s gotten $200,000 to attend Duke,” Arenas said.
Gilbert Arenas sure had some interesting things to say in a comment on Stephen A. Smith’s IG post 🐸 ☕️ pic.twitter.com/544SAnA1ue
— Travis Graf (@Trav_Graf) September 13, 2019
The “pay-for-play” scandal rocked college basketball and implicated the top programs.
However, Duke released its findings on a five-month investigation into the basketball program. According to the investigation, no players received compensation for their play – from the university or otherwise.
We’ll have to wait and see if Duke responds.