Florida Defensive Back Says College Football Is “Modern Day Slavery”
Student athletes especially at major colleges have always voiced that the players should get paid something from the massive amount of income that the schools bring in from fans that come to watch them play. Those voices got a little stronger after the revenue of the SEC was reported to be north of $500 Million.
“According to tax returns acquired by USA Today, the SEC made $527.4 million in revenue from Sep. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015, the first year of the SEC Network. It was also the first year of the College Football Playoff. USA Today notes the half-billion-plus is an increase of more than 60 percent than what the conference received in the last year of the BCS and the final year without the network.”
Florida Gators defensive back Jalen Tabor took to Twitter to voice his opinion on college football unwillingness to pay athletes after seeing that revenue number.
That tweet rubbed some people the wrong way as he took a bunch of heat for it.
@_31Flavorz think bout to current/former slaves. Can’t educate themselves but you go to school free. U can quit football anytime, they can’t
— Wizard of Ann Arbor (@NextGenAthletes) January 20, 2016
@_31Flavorz Wow, maybe you should’ve took a scholarship with an unknown university that would give you the publicity that you are getting.
— James Holder (@ppsHolder) January 20, 2016
— Jimmy Morgan (@jimmy4jesus18) January 20, 2016
@_31Flavorz Another poor mistreated college athlete who plays a game and gets an education in return. U can walk away at any time.
— Craig Marsh (@craigmarsh) January 20, 2016
@_31Flavorz – yeah, we got it. you’re a spoiled jock. quit football, get a student loan and get a degree that way.
— Wil Wilson (@thewtwilson) January 20, 2016
He apologized later for the tweet.