When it comes to former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon's antitrust suit against the NCAA, everyone wants to blame the adults.
It's the fault of the greedy NCAA for making all that television money at the expense of these, um, student-athletes. It's the fault of the greedy coaches for making all those contract and endorsement dollars off the performances of the, um, student-athletes. It's the fault of the selfish schools for not pushing the, um, student-athletes toward degrees with promising futures rather than class loads that merely kept them eligible for competition.
And all those arguments are valid. Hugely so. But could it also not be at least a little bit the fault of the, um, student-athletes and those closest to them for not emphasizing the importance of a college degree?
Are we all so naive as to believe there's no chance that the, um, student-athletes are, at times, scamming the system as much as it is using them?
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