NCAA Threatens UCF Kicker To Delete Youtube Page Because He’s Profiting Off of His Likeness (VIDEO)
Donald De La Haye’s days as a kicker for Central Florida’s football team may come to an end if he doesn’t comply with what the NCAA wants him to do.
The NCAA reportedly gave Haye an ultimatum after discovering that some of De La Haye’s videos contained content of him displaying his day-to-day life as a UCF athlete
As a result, the NCAA has told him the following: Shut down his YouTube channel, for which he makes money from ad revenue, or quit college sports.
“It’s really tough. I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m not making money illegally. I’m not selling dope. I’m not kidnapping people or robbing people. I’m not selling my autographs for money. I’m not sitting here getting Nike checks and Nike deals and all these sponsorships. I’m literally filming stuff. I’m sitting here, editing things on my computer for hours and developing my own brand. I put in the work, and I’m not allowed to get any benefits from the work.”
“I guess I can’t make any videos that make it obvious that I’m a student-athlete, because that makes it seem like I’m using my likeness and my image to make money and all this, which I’m really not…
“Basically, I’m not allowed to make any money off my YouTube videos. So I’m working hard — basically like a job: Filming, editing, creating ideas, doing things of that sort. And I’m not allowed to make any money. If I do … then bad things happen.
“I just can’t even think right now, because I feel like they’re making me pick between my passion and what I love to do — make videos, entertain, be creative — and my other passion: Playing football.”
De La Haye’s most popular videos are shot at UCF facilities but have zero to do with the football team and do not use the school’s name or logo in order to promote the videos. De La Haye is a marketing major at UCF. As he explains in the video below, “This is my passion. This is my career. If you guys didn’t know, I’m a marketing major, so this is literally, literally, literally pertains directly to my career.”