Wisconsin Basketball Star Nails Hypocrisy Of NCAA’s ‘Amateur Sports League’

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Wisconsin Badgers basketball star Nigel Hayes sharply criticized the NCAA for being an “amateur sports league” while making money by signing deals with multiple basketball manufacturers.

Hayes told the Wisconsin State Journal that he and other teammates don’t like using different basketballs at different schools. (VIDEO: Hayes Drops The Mic On Ohio State)

“Personally, we don’t like it too much. I don’t like the Under Armour ball whatsoever,” Hayes told the State Journal. “But that’s the way this amateur sports league is set up. We’re supposed to be having fun, but all the money is in these basketballs that colleges play with. But it’s an amateur sport, we’re just here for fun. It’s not really that serious. So I guess any ball should be OK.”

“Maybe we should have a universal ball like the NBA. You don’t go to the Clippers’ stadium and play with a Nike and then go to Golden State and play with a Rawlings,” he continued. “But in this amateur sport of college, where money isn’t the goal — it’s the student education and experience that you get — we play with a million different basketballs.” (RELATED: Wisconsin Basketball Star Urges People To Stop Using The N-Word)

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