Posted September 21, 2013

Dick Vitale apologizes for comparing Arian Foster, paid NCAA players to prostitutes

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Dick Vitale tweeted that any NCAA player who receives money is “selling his body.” (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale has apologized for a tweet he posted Friday afternoon comparing NCAA athletes who accept money on the side during their collegiate careers to prostitutes.

“When they put their hand out like a prostitute & take it they don’t say a word – moaning yrs later = SAD!” Vitale tweeted in reply to a column by CBSSports.com’s Greg Doyel about Houston Texans running back Arian Foster’s recent admission that he received money while at the University of Tennessee.

Vitale clarified his comments hours later, writing that a player taking money is “selling his body” and that while he believes players should be paid, they should not violate the rules that are in place.

He apologized via Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

The issue of college athlete compensation has once again become a hot topic in the wake of the Oklahoma State and SEC football scandals.

“I’m a firm believer that an employee should get paid for his work,” Foster said in an interview for the upcoming documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports. “And, 100 percent, I see student athletes as employees. Hiding from it is just cowardly.”

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37 comments
SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

Don't apologize, own it!  Counting tuition, books, training table, lodging, health care, tutoring, etc., Foster received over $300k in benefits while at Tennessee.  No other students get that.  Plus, players from lower income families get $5500 a year in Pell Grants, and don't have to spend it on tuition and books like other students.  Get over it already.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Vitale wheeled and dealed when he was the coach at Detroit and then moved on leaving a mess.

Cool
Cool

When Mr Vitale takes his wife out for dinner and a movie, and they get romantic afterwards, was it because of his kindness and then what does that make his wife?

Cool
Cool

"The issue of college athlete compensation has once again become a hot topic in the wake of the Oklahoma State and SEC football scandals."   My gawd, SI creates it's own little "Oklahoma State" scandal and then tries making it legit by bringing it up in a different article?   SI has no shame... no pride... and no ethics.

JakePoole
JakePoole

What's annoying is to hear and see people make comments about players getting FREE TUITION...FREE ROOM AND BOARD...FOOD. let's get this straight....there is nothing free about it. Division 1 college athletes put in 40 hour work weeks for these scholarships, which include 4 hr practices per day, 6 days a week, film sessions, weight lifting walk throughs...etc. Scholarship athletes ARE NOT allowed to work during the season. And by the end of their college career, some athletes have had multiple surgeries and their bodies are beated down. These scholarships are by no means FREE. Those who have actually played college sports, and not just sat at home playing video games, understand that. Meanwhile, Texas A&M was able to secure 740 MILLION DOLLARS in donations last year...mosly due to their football team's success.

Now, the NCAA has rules...which are ridiculous...but they are the rules. And if players get caught breaking the rules then they should be punished. But the playing field needs to be equal in regards to that.

Oh, And Vitale was right...NCAA players are prostitutes....as the great Bishop Don Magic Juan said about his prostitues " I supply the food...I supply the housing...I supply the medical...all they have to do is supply the money" ....that's how the NCAA works, too.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Who cares what this geriatric dinosaur has to say?

ngk11
ngk11

Foster doesnt always have to be a prostitute. Vitale will unfortunately always be a MORON

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Personally, I compare players to over babied, self absorbed a$$ holes.............just like the pro's

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

How insensitive !  Doesn't he know these players have to live off campus,  eat free, get free tuition and books, unlike the average student? 

pvraymo
pvraymo

Ironic as this clown has a bigger mouth than most prostitutes.  Can't watch games with him because he won't just STFU.   Hope he finally loses his "J-O-B baby"!

MrCrumley
MrCrumley

Should have said "hand out like a banking CEO." Nobody likes those guys.

swededawg52
swededawg52

I am so sick of these so called men apologizing for everything when some nobody complains.  Gosh, be a man will you?

canadianox
canadianox

somebody may be unemployed soon.

mystafugee
mystafugee

This is totally out of line, for one thing, prostitutes get a cut of their work...unlike NCAA athletes.   

tbennett76
tbennett76

But when I go to my job to build websites, I am paid for my mind, and my hands.  We are all.  We all use our body to some degree.  I think it is too easy for old timers like Vitale to claim the high road, when there was not nearly so much profit motive when they were coming up.  Prostitute is the wrong word, to me a more appropriate term would be contractor.

tbennett76
tbennett76

I do not believe players should be paid directly by the schools.  I do believe what they can earn with the value of their own name, be it autographs, or endorsements, is nobody else's business.  No, schools are already expensive without adding a payroll to the athletic department.  Telling a kid the celebrity they have earned is not profitable outside of the athletic department is wrong.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

like he doesn't know whats been going on for many yrs in college sports as long as that guy has been around

Fifilo
Fifilo

Now there is a fitting first name.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

If the players taking money makes them prostitutes doesn't that make the coaches/colleges/boosters etc., that put them on the field p.i.m.p.s? Because it sure sounds like it to me.


And, yes, the censor made my comment pending  because of the 'p-word'.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Another twit who doesn't think before he tweets. 

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Another person who feels they have to apologize.  Adrian Foster is SCUM.  Comes out years later and moans.  He's a biatch prostitute if you ask me.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Cool I have to disagree, Cool. SI reported the scandal at OSU, they didn't create it. Oklahoma State certainly isn't the only place it's going on, but that doesn't make it any less a scandal. Unless you believe it was all made up? 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@btcvsolo Obviously a lot of people do cause it is making headlines all over the place. I think you are in love with Vitale. You love him

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@mystafugee   Free tuition and room and board, access to wonderful trainers, equipment, coaching etc...  Many of these schools that these guys go to cost $20K, $30K or more per yr.  They don't eat the normal dorm cafeteria food either.  They get tutors to help them with their studies too and they don't have to pay for them.

Most of the basketball and football players that stay four yrs receive/get over $100K worth things paid for them for their services.

They are MOST definitely receiving compensation, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars per yr they are providing their services to the university.

I don't know about you, but I went to college, worked multiple part-time jobs each semester (except for my first semester) while going through in 4 yrs.  It took me 10 yrs to finish paying off my student loans.

Free tuition, I would have loved it.  Free room and board.  I would have loved it.  Free training, trainers, tutors etc...  I would have loved it.  Then to receive this by playing a game I loved playing and obviously was good at and had been playing all my life... well sign me up for that.

Hola
Hola

@thebigdawg3 You are entitled to your opinion.  Personally, Foster's only saying what 100% of the people in this country already know, but only 10% will acknowledge.

Cool
Cool

@Rickapolis @Cool  A "scandal" is something being reported, true or not true, that creates mischief and mayhem.  SI "reported" on something using shoddy characters with an ax to grind, and no real life, and some extra cash in  their pocket.  Yes, there was a scandal created.. by SI... and over eager and one very bias reporter.. it did not mean the story was accurate or true.   As for your last question... Yes, I believe much of it was from an over active imagination.. sensationalized by a reported with an ax to grind (I know, I repeat myself)  and that anyone could write a story based off of beliefs that everyone kind of thinks anyway (all winning schools must be cheating, paying players under the table, not making the students do their school work, sex at the players whim) but that doens't make it true.  Are there over active boosters that find players to accept money ?  I suppose so, but to say all the coaches and administrations are also active in the practice is... far fetched and unsubstantiated. 

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

@Hola @thebigdawg3  Vitale knows it too but he's in the ratings biz . Have a feeling nobody ever offered to pay for his body he might be jealous too. Most sportscasters being  former wannabe  athletes

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

@SteveRowFlaThank you so much for taking the time away from your cross-dressing to share your dissenting opinion!

If only I could locate the depths of the damn I do not give about what you think...