Impetus: Former NBA player and collegiate scammer Chris Webber compares collegiate sports to slavery
In more recent years, we’ve heard the argument that college players should receive compensation grow and escalate. Frankly, I agree to a point where perhaps student-athletes should receive some sort of exceptions when it comes to stuff like food and perhaps some leniency in academics, but I am 100% against the idea of college athletes getting paid to do what they do.
Given the fact that it was TMZ and their generally goading methodology that ultimately led to this sound byte, Chris Webber himself still had to think of what to say, and quite possibly couldn’t have said anything stupider:
Bill Russell told me that any system that gets free labor is slavery. So, I’m sure they have the right to unionize.