The most famous basketball player to come through the University of Texas weighed in on the scandal that is rocking college basketball Friday.
Kevin Durant was asked about the story released early Friday by Yahoo Sports which revealed information obtained by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation into the sport. The report named more than 25 players who played at more than 20 Division I programs, including Texas.
Durant spoke with reporters about the NCAA’s amateur model and voiced his opinion on the one-and-done rule that forces players to spend a year out of high school before entering the NBA Draft.
You can watch part of the interview, which was posted on Twitter by Mark Medina from The Mercury News:
Kevin Durant on the numerous NCAA scandals and the one-and-done rule pic.twitter.com/iTpmttI7Dw
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 23, 2018
“You want these players to go out there and play on the biggest stage,” Durant said. “The Final Four is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and (players) don’t get a dime for it. I don’t think it’s right. They go out there and they slave for these programs to go out there and win championships and just to bring a good vibe to these programs.
“These fans go to the games to see these players, just like the NBA. They want to see the best players. They’re not getting paid, and I can understand why that other stuff starts to happen.”
Included in the report were the names of two Texas basketball players, Eric Davis Jr. and Prince Ibeh, who allegedly received money or had a relationship with a sports agency. Documents showed that Davis allegedly received $1,500.
Durant said schools can keep agents away from facilities, but it won’t stop them from offering money to players.
“It’s too deep now,” he said. “We’ve been at this thing for a long time and this is a huge business now. It’s tough to stop.”
Durant played one season at Texas (2006-07) before turning pro, but has remained attached to the university ever since. Earlier this year, it was announced that he had donated $3 million to UT.
According to Marc Spears from the Undefeated, part of Durant’s remarks Friday were that he would not have gone to college if not for the one-and-done rule.
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