Boy, we sure have different standards sometimes. Justin Combs, the son of hip-hop star Sean “Diddy” Combs, is learning that as there seems to be a bit of an uproar over his accepting a paid football scholarship to UCLA.
Could Justin’s dad afford to pay for his 54 thousand dollar-per-year education? With a net worth of over 500 million dollars, he could probably buy the school.
But that’s not the point.
Justin has earned this scholarship. He’s been rewarded it because Jim Mora Jr. and the other coaches at UCLA feel that he’s more worthy of the scholarship than other players that they’ve looked at.
It’s only being offered because of his status as a celebrity, you say? First of all, keep in mind that the Bruins can only have 85 players on scholarships each year. High paid college football coaches who are on the hot seat from day one don’t hand those out willy nilly. Yes, I just said willy nilly.
If Justin’s name had a role in his being given this scholarship, he would hardly be the first. And I’m not just talking about athletes. Do you know how many students in law schools are admitted each year because one of their parents went to that same school? It happens all the time.
There are a lot of scholarship students who come from wealthy families. How many Ivy League scholarships do you think go to destitute students?
Focusing just on sports, here’s just a partial list of scholarship athletes whose parents could have easily paid for their education.
Nick Montana: Football, Washington. Dad: Joe Montana
Trevor Gretzky: Baseball, San Diego State. Dad: Wayne Gretzky
Andrew Luck: Football, Stanford. Dad: Oliver Luck
Eli Manning: Football, Mississippi. Dad: Archie Manning
Peyton Manning: Football, Tennessee. Dad: Archie Manning
Chris Long: Football, Virginia. Dad: Howie Long
Jeremiah Rivers: Basketball, Indiana/Georgetown. Dad: Doc Rivers
Austin Rivers: Basketball, Duke. Dad: Doc Rivers
Jeffrey Jordan: Basketball, Illinois/Central Florida. Dad: Michael Jordan
Marcus Jordan: Basketball, Central Florida. Dad: Michael Jordan
I could go on.
I don’t recall any issue when the above kids got their scholarships. Ah, but their dads aren’t hip-hop moguls whose music and lifestyles we might object to. Could that be it?
We should be lauding Justin for his achievements. Not only is the 5’9,” 170 pound cornerback an outstanding football player, he is graduating with a 3.75 GPA from New Rochelle Iona Prep, a top private school.
In this day of celebrity kids doing reality shows and riding their parents’ coattails, Justin is doing it on his own. This kid should be held up as an example of how it should be done. If any kid could sit back and coast, it could have been Justin Combs.
Keep in mind that this scholarship comes from the athletic department and not the general scholarship fund. Justin isn’t taking any money from another student who needs it more. He’s taking it from another football player that the UCLA coaches felt wasn’t as deserving on the field as Justin.
And that’s all that matters.
The best scenario is that Justin’s dad donates money to the general scholarship fund at UCLA which would benefit a more needy student. It could be designated for that. And how do we know that Sean Combs isn’t planning on doing that? How do we know he hasn’t already done it?
Because some of you don’t like him. That’s why.
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