There are plenty of reasons to dislike the NCAA as a governing body, and UCF kicker Donald De La Haye just gave us another example of the puzzling decisions athletes are forced to make to remain eligible.
The NCAA doesn’t like players making money on their own time by profiting off of their likeness, which has led to an interesting situation for De La Haye.
Along with being a kicker for the UCF football team, De La Haye has a popular YouTube channel.
Unfortunately, according to De La Haye, the NCAA told him he must make a choice between continuing to play college football or running his channel. De La Haye detailed his meeting and gave an emotional reaction explaining why he uses his channel.
“The meeting went well, but it didn’t go well at the same time,” De La Haye said, as transcribed by Saturday Down South. “Basically, I’m not allowed to make any money off of my YouTube videos. I’m working hard basically as a job — filming, editing and things of that sort, and I’m not allowed to make any money. If I do, then bad things happen for me. I feel like they’re making me pick between my passion for what I love to do shooting videos and entertaining and my other passion, playing football.
“I’ve put in the work, and I’m not allowed to get any benefits from that work. My family’s struggling at home; there’s barely any food and tons of bills piling up. My mom’s struggling, calling me crying. And I’m not allowed to help. I thought I had found a way.”
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De La Haye is a junior kickoff specialist for the Knights who has shown promise with his strong leg.
Hopefully the NCAA will eventually come to its senses and allow De La Haye to continue pursuing his passion of football while enjoy his artistic side when he’s off of the field.