The President of the NCAA never fails to produce highly critical comments. Mark Emmert’s stance on the “student-athlete” draws the ire of many (I’m looking at you Jay Bilas), but those comments aren’t necessarily stupid. That was not the case today.
Speaking at the Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, in an attempt to condemn Lavar Ball’s decision to pull his kid from UCLA, he was the one who came out looking like a buffoon.
“Is this a part of someone being part of you university as a student-athlete or is it about using college athletics to prepare yourself to be a pro? If it’s the latter, you shouldn’t be there in the first place.”
To all of our nation’s doctors, sorry. Mark Emmert doesn’t believe you should use a university to become a professional.
In today’s journalism lesson, we learn that context matters. The original quote above Tweeted by Jason Belzer hardly resembles Emmert’s verbatim response, transcribed by an AP reporter.
I see there is a quote from Mark Emmert gaining a little traction. Just for fairness, here is the entire exchange and quote. Excuse any typos. pic.twitter.com/4sPqnRpOyf
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) December 6, 2017