LeBron James passionately calls out NCAA for its new ‘Rich Paul rule’

first_imgCBS Sports listed some of the criteria needed for these agents.Sources: The NCAA has officially added criteria for agents who wish to represent student athletes testing the waters for the NBA Draft.Criteria:- Bachelor’s Degree- Certified with NBPA for a minimum of three years- Take an in-person exam at the NCAA Office in Indianapolis— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 6, 2019Immediately, people were calling this out as the “Rich Paul rule.”Paul is a superstar agent who founded Klutch Sports Group. He has a significant roster of clients, including big names like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, John Wall, Draymond Green and Eric Bledsoe. Paul made a different path for himself, as he doesn’t have a Bachelor’s degree or a degree from a law school.While he doesn’t have a traditional background, he’s clearly proven his worth as an agent. So when the NCAA made this criteria, it was immediately received with backlash. It seems to directly target Paul.James was just one of several people who felt that way. Here is the memo that was sent to agents yesterday regarding the new rules for representing clients that are “testing the waters for the NBA Draft.”The NCAA refers to it as “protecting the eligibility of their client athletes.”Yeah, this is a bad look for the NCAA. pic.twitter.com/JhzN1c6NyJ— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) August 6, 2019In 2018, the NCAA made a new rule allowing players to keep their options open. Players could hire an agent to consider their NBA potential, but retain their future eligibility while doing so. But the NCAA has now limited which agents are eligible for hire. (Twitter) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/6b/c5/lebron-tweets_12wzw68exuvgi1rliwtfen1n4g.png?t=1820326964&w=500&quality=80 The NCAA sent out a memo to agents earlier this week detailing the “launch of the NCAA Agent Certification Application.”center_img #TheRichPaulRule— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 6, 2019🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop! They BIG MAD 😡 and Scared 😱. Nothing will stop this movement and culture over here. Sorry! Not sorry. 😁✌🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 6, 2019#StayWoke pic.twitter.com/SNtEgqrWhE— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 7, 2019James also retweeted several people calling out the rule. James has been a vocal critic of the NCAA for several years. In 2018, he called the NCAA “corrupt” in response to a question about the institution. At the time, James said there should be more options for players coming out of high school than just the NCAA.last_img

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