The fact remains that the NCAA ruled Enes Kanter ineligible to play college basketball. Enes made $33,000 dollars in Turkey, in which the NCAA sees as making him a professional. So it is to be assumed that the NCAA deems any player who makes money at sports a professional. No arguments there. However…………………..
Meet Kyle Parker. He is the starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers. Do you want to know what’s so special about him? Before the 2010 season began, Kyle signed a $1.4 Million Dollar contract to play baseball for the Colorado Rockies, in which he received the money upfront as a signing bonus. What did the NCAA say? They declared him eligible, and he is playing this season. Yes, even a sports millionaire has been given the green light to play this season as a college amateur.
So what’s the difference between Enes and Kyle? One would say about a million dollars. This absolutely baffles me. In my mind, there is no reason that this kid is not a pro, especially if Enes is a pro making a measly $33,000 dollars, of which he paid most to attend a prep school.
I want to know what everyone else thinks. Is there a difference in the Enes Kanter situation and the Kyle Parker one? Is the difference the name on the front of the Jersey? Or does the NCAA have a bias against foreign born players? You be the judge.
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