Arian Foster's Comments Are a Perfect Reason Why We Can't Pay College Athletes

Bruce ChenAnalyst ISeptember 20, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans stiff arms Zach Brown #55 of the Tennessee Titans as he rushes in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Sometimes, athletes say stupid things that make us think they are spoiled. And if it's Jeremy Roenick, they will tell us to kiss get what I'm saying. 

Well, Arian Foster's comments fall into that category. In case you aren't familiar, recently, the Houston Texans' star running back admitted he took money while he was playing at Tennessee

The ignorance, idiocy and hypocrisy of these comments are exactly the reason why we cannot pay college athletes. I don't want to hear any nonsense about how, "they generate money for the university." High school kids generate money as well, do we want to pay them, too?

Being in college, I see dozens of my friends apply for tens of thousands of dollars of student loans to get a degree. And they won't make a fraction of the living an NFL running back could. Even if he was an undrafted free agent. 

I'm not familiar with what Foster received to play for the Volunteers, but I know that he was the San Diego Tribune's All-San Diego Western League Player of the Year and ranked second on in 2007.

I imagine it took some scholarship money to get him to choose where he would play college ball.

Student fees and tuition at Tennessee were almost $30,000 for an out-of-state student, which is what Foster was, considering he was from New Mexico. And if you're telling me that even getting paid a fraction of that cost isn't compensation, then I don't know what to say to you.

Saying you got nothing if you're getting free education at an out-of-state university, while playing the game you love can only be described as asinine and selfish.

I don't even think that's the biggest example of Foster being an airhead. Is he not aware of how NCAA allegations work? The fact that Reggie Bush lost his Heisman Trophy recently, even though he won it seven years ago, or the fact that his coach bolted for the NFL as soon as investigations were taking place?

I'm not a lawyer, but NCAA allegations don't seem to be akin to civil violations, or misdemeanors with a short statute of limitations. No, they're more like serious violations with no limitations law, and you can be prosecuted any time down the road they so choose. And they pick high-profile cases that embarrass star athletes so that their message is heard loud and clear.

Maybe Foster just doesn't care because he never won anything at Tennessee. But how do we think Phil Fulmer (his coach) felt about his assertion that he was being brought "like 50 tacos," knowing that his former player threw him under the bus? 

The same coach that recruited him and allowed him to showcase his talents for the NFL, the stage that landed him his dream job? Egregious. Just because he drove a Lexus, right?

And are we really believing that a Division I team with 16 conference titles and six national titles didn't feed their players? Please.

The reasons for why we can't pay college athletes, beyond what I can come up with respect to Foster's comments, are long and arduous.

It's a bad message to the kids. Recruiting would be even more unfair than it already is. Finally, can you imagine labour negotiations between 18-year-old kids? It'd be like the whole prep-to-pro problem in the NBA on steroids. Before anyone defends the notion that college kids should get paid, they should probably remember how mad they were when the NFL was locked out. 

Maybe Foster just wanted to feel "fresh" and "rejuvenated" in between his free classes carrying his free textbooks.