Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is a longtime critic of the NCAA, dating back to his days at Tennessee. He pulls no punches when dealing with the organization, as he noted in a tweet that cuts to the heart of the player-school relationship:
— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) March 20, 2014
Big surprise, right? In the event you think Foster is overstating his case, check out his commentary in the documentary "Schooled: The Price of College Sports":
“Then I walk back [from the game], and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there’s nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don’t I have anything to show for what I just did? There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry. Either you give us some food, or I’m gonna go do something stupid.’ He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. [laughs] But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful.”
Foster admitted in that same documentary that he took money while at Tennessee, and has used his standing to critique the NCAA in direct terms. "I just feel strong about the injustice that the NCAA has been doing for years," Foster said last year. "I feel like I shouldn't have to run from the NCAA anymore. They're like these big bullies. I'm not scared of them."
Foster has disagreed with the NCAA's go-to defense, that a free education is its own reward, saying that it's in no way freedom. "I can go get a side job if I really wanted to [now that he is not overseen by the NCAA]. The NCAA takes away your constitutional rights as an American of not being able to go get a job."
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