Just after the whole Johnny Manziel-autograph scandal had calmed down, a big NFL star has come forward and admitted to receiving money in college. Arian Foster revealed in a recent interview that he received money on the side during his senior year at Tennessee. Here’s what the Houston Texans‘ star running back had to say on the matter:
“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation – my senior year, I was getting money on the side. I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”
You’re telling me a star college player received improper benefits while in school!?
Foster now joins a long list of those who have taken cash while in school, but the RB is standing firm that there’s nothing wrong with doing so. It’s a tough call, because the way he describes it, he had to take money just to get by. From that point of view, I suppose it’s okay. But on the other side, it’s the most well known of all the rules for college athletes.
The way he came out and said this was kind of selfish. Of course it’s going to throw Tennessee into an investigation. It’s fine and dandy if he doesn’t see anything wrong with the concept of taking money, but now he’s likely going to put the Vols in a precarious situation. He should have probably just kept this information to himself, but I’m sure he views his revelation as a step towards future college athletes finally getting paid.
You can be assured that Foster’s admission is just the tip of the iceberg on this story.