No, of course not. But recent comments made by NBA’s Ray Allen and Dwayne Wade seem to think so (D-Wade obviously back tracked on his comments as soon as they gathered some negative feedback):
“It’s a lot of things you do for the Olympics — a lot of jerseys you sell,” Wade said after the Heat’s practice on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s game against Chicago. “We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated. Just like I think college players should be compensated as well. Unfortunately, it’s not there. But I think it should be something, you know, there for it.”
Wade’s misunderstanding of what the Olympics are is mirrored in his inability to understand what college is about. Yes, the top college athletes usually pull a one-and-done or two-and-screw, and there is no illusion that they are going hard at a degree, but seriously? Athletes should be PAID to go to school? While the rest of us go bankrupt despite superior GPAs? Give me a break. The free ride athletes get to top schools IS compensation.
The Olympics is a whole other deal, and Ray Allen explains why he feels athletes should be paid: Read the rest of this entry »