Mark Emmert Fires Back At Ben Simmons By Saying The NCAA Doesn’t ‘Put A Gun To Your Head’

11.06.16 1 month ago 21 Comments

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Sixers rookie and former LSU star Ben Simmons hasn’t held back in his criticism of the NCAA. A new documentary on Simmons features him laying into the NCAA, saying that the organization is “f*cked up.” He especially cited the fact that athletes don’t get paid, as he remarked “Don’t say I’m an amateur and make me take pictures and sign stuff and go make hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars off one person.”

Word of this must have gotten back to NCAA president Mark Emmert, who was understandably unhappy with Simmons’ comments. Emmert made it a point to fire back at one of the complaints that Simmons had: that athletes “go to school” under the guise of getting an education, when really, they’re just there to play basketball for a year before going to the NBA.

“I was reading today where someone who played basketball at LSU was very unhappy with the one-and-done rule,” Emmert said, according to The Advocate. “That’s not our rule. That’s the NBA’s rule. But (he says) it’s another stupid NCAA rule.

“If someone wants to be a pro basketball player and doesn’t want to go to college, don’t go to college,” Emmert continued. “We don’t put a gun to your head. First and foremost, it’s about being a student at a university. We’re in the human development business.”

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