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De’Aaron Fox still would have left Kentucky after a year if players were paid

California’s Fair Pay to Play Law is opening the door for student athletes to earn money for their name, likeness, and image, but one former Cat says that wouldn’t have affected his decision to leave Kentucky after one year.

“F— no,” De’Aaron Fox told NBC Sports’ James Ham on Tuesday. “What? Man, I’ll tell you this: if I was at Kentucky and we were able to get paid, I still would have left after a year. I still would have left after a year. But I think it’s a great step forward, for sure.”

Fox was drafted fifth overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2017 NBA Draft. Endorsement money will go a long way to helping student athletes, but top five draft pick money is life changing. After the clip made the rounds on Twitter, Fox tweeted as much, saying that his comments were in no way a shot at Kentucky.

Props for honesty.

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28 Comments for De’Aaron Fox still would have left Kentucky after a year if players were paid



  1. breakinankles
    10:37 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Of course he would. Hm stay in college and make ~10-50k max, risk getting injured etc, or go to the NBA as a lottery pick and make MILLIONS derp. This will only affect kids that are on the edge of even getting drafted



    • David85777
      10:57 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Not to mention the referees are orders of magnitude better in the NBA.



    • UKinIN
      10:59 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Seems like the story was Chris Webber was paid $400,000/year or $400,000 for two years to play at Michigan. Whichever that was, it still wasn’t enough to keep him from leaving for the NBA. No matter what the rule changes, college will never pay enough to keep kids in school. The NCAA generates about $1 billion in revenue. The NBA about $8 billion. College just can’t keep up.



    • JTHinton
      11:03 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      This^^*



    • sp
      11:06 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure why you think 50k is some kind of max. This is literally opening the door to let big business owners directly pay for players to go to the school they are a booster for just for a commercial appearance.. Cal is keeping mum on this because he knows the economics in Kentucky can’t keep pace with that of Texas and California etc. The lawyers and car dealership owners there can shell out 100s of thousands of dollars for players to be in commercials and it’s a drop in the bucket. The heavy hitter and Don Franklin can’t compete with that. It will be how kids are recruited going forward. Who’s boosters can pay the most. The NCAA will have to step in and create caps. If they don’t the biggest states with the most money will have a huge advantage.



    • Cokely53
      11:12 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      They will but the big states also have to compete with pro teams getting those endorsements too. I’m sure they will still have plenty to go around but it’s not like college is going to pull that much in comparison. People just don’t care about college as much in other states like we do.



    • JerryCat
      11:15 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      I’d argue that college basketball players are more marketable in Kentucky than in California or Texas. And it’s not the local businesses that will be shelling out the big bucks. It will be EA sports, Nike, etc. They will have an interest in investing in players at the most visible programs (Kentucky, Duke, UNC), not players in wealthy states



    • Gogh Big Bleu
      12:31 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      And state taxes are LOWER here than in CA. Sporting goods companies, etc. don’t have to be local to endorse somebody.



    • StillBP
      11:12 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Sp… Cal is keeping mum on this? He’s literally been saying for years that players should be able to make money off their likeness and signatures and even reaffirmed it yesterday. Seriously just do some simple research and you will see Cal has been promoting this for years. There is plenty of money in KY, but even outside of that the players can get paid from other sources, not just ky money. Stop sounding silly.



    • StillBP
      11:16 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      From 2018
      Calipari: Players should be able to make money off their likeness http://es.pn/2CsyxCE
      via @ESPN App http://espn.com/app



  2. StillBP
    11:18 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Calipari: Players should be able to make money off their likeness http://es.pn/2CsyxCE



    • StillBP
      11:19 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      That was for sp up there ^



    • StillBP
      11:28 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Well the first time I posted the link it was in the moderation bot so I didn’t think it would go through. It just apparently made the cut, didn’t intend to post it twice.



  3. Big Sexy
    11:28 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Most would have still left, but it may have caused a few of the 15-20 that left too early from going.



  4. BobbyBlue
    11:30 am October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah, and the incompetent Emmert very quietly got a raise, putting him in the $4 mill range this year— no wonder he is against paying the kids that generate his salary.



  5. season-3-disc-2
    12:23 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    These kids come to KY to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NBA. Yes they want the money, but The number one goal is to be an NBA basketball player. It’s the label they crave NOT the payday.



    • ibescootch
      1:01 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Hahahahahahaha hahahahaha Hahahaha Hahahahahahaha



    • StillBP
      1:11 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah what scootch said. Good lord, season whatever with the dumbest comment of the day.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:36 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      They could become NBA basketball players by the path of least resistance and spending a year on the roster of the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College. So, no. NBA hopefuls come to UK to be better prepared for the NBA when the time comes to make that jump. And why would it matter if they were prepared? To maximize their chances of doing well early and getting that second contract, and the BIG MONEY that comes along with it.



    • season-3-disc-2
      3:16 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      If it’s ALL about the money like you all seem to believe, then why wouldn’t all of these kids run overseas to a big payday. High 6 digits, and some even 7 digit offers are getting thrown at these kids to play overseas for just 1 season. FACT! These kids crave the label of being a NBA basketball player. As I have said above, YES they love the money BUT they come to Kentucky to become a NBA basketball player. You do realize that not everyone is infatuated with money and the idea of being rich. I am repulsed by the idea of being filthy rich. I would rather give and be known as kind rather than keep and be
      Labeled as greedy. Not all of These kids dreams are to be rich. These kids who come to Kentucky to play basketball, their dream is to play in the NBA with and against players they grew up idolizing.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:26 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      It’s called delayed gratification. People whose goal is just to make it to the NBA don’t have long successful careers. And nobody said it’s ALL about the money. Nobody plays or coaches sports at a world class level solely for the money, Mr Straw Man. Fact!



    • season-3-disc-2
      4:12 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Hahahahaha you clearly made a comment above outlining “BIG MONEY” as their goal. Hahahahaha but hey it’s cool, your right and I am wrong. As would be the case with anyone who obviously contradicts their own statements from one minute to the next. I am done commenting on this thread hahahahaha



  6. binarysolo
    12:32 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    He was at UK for only 1 year and he still spelled “you’re” correctly, which is more than I’ve seen from some of those who graduated college.



  7. mhs1964
    1:09 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Even allowing kids to go straight to the pros and paying the rest will not completely eliminate the one and done



  8. Headhurts
    2:44 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    De’Aaron your a professional now, f-bomb not needed, straight A student, show class my brother.



    • nocode96
      4:03 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Headhurts, you’re presumably old enough to have your own device to type on, learn the difference between your and you’re my brother. Professionals can’t drop f bombs? It’s really mind boggling how some people equate cursing with something bad.



    • Headhurts
      5:01 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Thanks teach, yeah, f-bomb over a question about staying in college for pay? Obviously speaking with class is beyond you.



  9. KYJelly
    5:16 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    That’s probably a harder question to answer if he’s still a student-athlete. Not cause of fan backlash, but it’s hard to be paid millions and then in retrospect answer that question.