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.”
De’Aaron Fox on whether he would have stayed at Kentucky if he was getting paid as a collegiate athlete. Sorry about the language…. pic.twitter.com/8EunqWCkjG
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) October 8, 2019
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.
And if you think it’s a shot at Kentucky… you’re literally an idiot ?????
— De'Aaron Fox (@swipathefox) October 9, 2019
Props for honesty.