ESPN's Jemele Hill isn't a fan of Alabama's newest locker room addition.
At this point, dozens of college football programs have barbershops in their locker rooms. It's an example of a perk that high-profile programs can offer their players. Monday, Alabama tweeted a video of its new barbershop, which, of course, looks awesome.
ESPN's Jemele Hill has different take on the matter though. She called out the Crimson Tide, suggesting that the barbershop - and other perks - are really just a way to keep the players from demanding compensation. It makes it pretty obvious which side of the argument she sits on when it comes to whether or not college athletes should be paid.
Hill's criticism likely isn't just limited to Alabama. In recent years, a number of programs have started to invest heavily in their locker rooms. It's become a recruiting tool of sorts.
Back in 2016, Hill did a bit for ESPN on whether college athletes should be paid.
"I've heard some pretty lame excuses for why college athletes shouldn't be paid, but congratulations Oliver Luck, yours is probably the worst. Last week, Luck, who is the NCAA's Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, and Andrew Luck's father, was asked why it's okay for college coaches to be paid generously on the open market, but not players.
Luck's response? "Because they're adults."
Well that settles it then. Let's just forget about the fact that the law defines an 18-year-old as an adult, which is why 18-year-olds can vote, enter the military and be charged with crimes that carry adult sentences. One of the most frustrating components in this debate is the blatant hypocrisy that's often exhibited by adults like Luck.
The NCAA wants it both ways. They want to treat players like adults by giving them adult schedules, adult expectations, adult responsibilities and adult consequences, then treat them like children when players seek or deserve empowerment.
The great trick the NCAA braintrust has ever pulled is fooling people into thinking they're protecting players while continuing to exploit them."
College football fans - do you agree with Hill?