College athletes have been advocating to be paid for many years now. California’s “Fair Pay to Play Act” is one step closer to turning that into a reality.
The California law allows college athletes to profit off their image, name and likeness. The law goes into effect in 2023.
Pro athletes across the country have weighed in on the potential upcoming changes. Lebron James has long been a supporter of college athletes profiting off their own name. Others like Tim Tebow thinks the new law will destroy college athletics as a whole.
De’Aaron Fox is latest to chip on the new law. But he looked at it from a different angle.
Fox was asked if he would’ve stayed at Kentucky for another year if he was potentially making money. His response is going viral:
“F——k no…I’ll tell you this: If I was at Kentucky and we were able to get paid, I still would have left after a year,” Fox said, via 247Sports. “But like I said before, I think it’s a great step forward for sure.”
De’Aaron Fox on whether he would have stayed at Kentucky if he was getting paid as a collegiate athlete. Sorry about the language…. pic.twitter.com/8EunqWCkjG
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) October 8, 2019
If/when this new law goes into effect, it’ll be interesting to see some of the decisions athletes make.
Will many vouch to stay in school and earn their degrees while profiting off their name? Or will the pro leagues be too good to pass up?
It’s certainly an interesting time in collegiate sports.