PDiddy, His Son and UCLA
- From: Ken Pitts <kenpitts99@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:22:34 -0700 (PDT)
This really ticks me off.
First, there is no doubt that as a committed conservative, I am four-
square in favor of reducing wasteful government spending. If I thought
this was such a case I would be on the exact opposite side of this
PDiddy’s son, Justin Combs has been offered an athletic scholarship to
play football for UCLA. Every indication is that he is more than
qualified, both on the field and in the classroom. Yet there are
people in certain quarters who are roundly criticizing PDiddy for not
just foregoing the scholarship and paying the tuition from his own
pocket. The full four year ride is being valued in the media at about
$54K. It makes no difference at all that PDiddy is a millionaire many
times over and probably spills more than $54K at lunch. To me, the
criticism is completely unfair and not a product of rational thought.
Even though UCLA has sucked for years, the football programs at major
universities such as UCLA are profit centers for the schools. The
receipts from football help fund nearly all the other men’s and
women’s sports. What are the chances that there would be a UCLA
women’s water polo team without the fiscal support of the UCLA men’s
football team? And to do that they must have players.
Justin Combs has earned this by way of his hard work throughout his
stay in high school. He will continue to earn it every time he shows
up for practice and every time he steps on the field for a game. If
Justin truly is a worthy player, once he is solidly established, I
think it would be a grand gesture by PDiddy to contribute$54K or even
more to any of the scholarship funds that UCLA has. I think this
should wait until Justin is firmly established as a contributor to
avoid catcalls such as Justin’s spot on the team was bought by his
father. What football coach is going to waste a precious scholarship/
spot on the roster in a publicity stunt with some rapper and his son?
That coach has his ass on the line and must make the most of his
resources to win games and secure his future.
Where are the cries of racism? I thought black people were exempt from
Other celebrities’ kids who have earned athletic scholarships. Former
Cowboy running back Calvin Hill’s son Grant had a scholarship to play
basketball at Duke. All time great Joe Montana’s son Nathaniel had
scholarships at Notre Dame and the U of Montana. Former Philadelphia
Eagle Mike Golic has three kids who are receiving athletic
scholarships at Notre Dame. Boston Celtics coach and former NBA player
Doc Rivers’ son has a basketball scholarship at Duke. Reggae legend
Bob Marley’s son was on scholarship to play football at U of Miami.
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