Recently Sean “Puff Daddy”, “P. Diddy”, “Puffy”, “Swag” (something he named himself after being sick for a while, I’m thinking his fever got way too high, million other names Comb’s son was awarded a football scholarship to UCLA. Many people think that because Diddy himself is worth $500 million dollars his son shouldn’t accept the scholarship because he can pay for school and/or that the money could go to some other student who really needs it. What say you conference callers? You can read the full story here.
It is definitely an interesting situation. Although, I don’t think he owes them anything. If it were my son and I had Diddy’s money I’d like to think that I’d donate at least the price of the scholarship to help someone who is financially unable go to college, but who also “deserves” to go for other reasons. This is the way sports scholarships are managed the funds are not specifically donated so legally there could be issues in transferring the funds to a general scholarship fund.
Diddy owes them not one red cent. Who knows how much money he has privately raised or donated for scholarship funds before this situation? Not to mention old money, trust fund kids get scholarships all the time when their parents could easily write a check for four years’ tuition. I wouldn’t donate anything. His son had over a 3.7 GPA and earned an athletic scholarship to play CB for a division one school. He earned it.
Plus athletic scholarships are sham anyway. Those scholarships are not for a full 4-5 years. They are renewable, year to year, as the university/coaches see fit. And no reason has to be given as to why the scholarship is not renewed. Meanwhile, schools make millions and billions off these athletes while still pandering to their rich alumni to donate. Blah!
I completely agree. He earned it, they offered it, there’s nothing else to say. There’s a certain prestige (and I’m guessing access) that comes with being a scholarship athlete.
I do think that the year-to-year thing is wrong. Students should be guaranteed a full 4 years unless they are fired for misconduct.
I would agree. I find it funny that people love to spend your money when you are rich. Diddy’s son earned the money. This is compensation for playing football. As Kev said, “schools make millions and billions off these athletes while still pandering to their rich alumni to donate”. So, why should Diddy’s son have to give back money he will be WORKING for? Whether you are rich or poor that doesn’t make sense. I’m going to put my heart, body, and soul into a football program for however long I can actually play. Risk bodily harm, miss out on a lot of funny in the 1st semester and summer because I have to work out and be in bed early for games. I have to still go to class and be a regular student on top of that. Then you expect me to not accept compensation for that and also give you money for someone else to go for free. Go that away with that…
Weigh in people of the Conference Call. I think there is pretty much a consensus amongst us, which is totally rare. If you all have a different point of view, we would love to hear it.