With name, image, and likeness deals running wild across college sports, Deion Sanders had a message to send out to the NCAA.
The Jackson State football coach tagged the NCAA in a Twitter post Wednesday with a one-minute video explaining his position on the subject.
“When you start paying athletes like they’re professionals, you get athletes acting like they’re professionals,” Sanders said. “And you don’t have staffs large enough and equipped enough to handle a young man with money. Let me go deeper. Handle a young man that’s making more money than some of the coaches on staff.”
Sanders continued: “See, with the NIL, which really ain’t NIL because it ain’t no name, image, and likeness, it’s just pay-per-view right now. That’s what they’re doing at the big boys, little boys we can’t compete with that. But anyway, you’ve got a problem.”
Sanders said he brought attention to the issue because he’s trying to help before the problem gets worse.
“I’m trying to help before it blows up in your face. Money Makes You More Of Who You Really Are. Now think about that for a minute,” wrote Sanders on Twitter.
The problem is already here and everybody, including Sanders will have to deal with this new reality.