Former Tennessee RB Arian Foster admits to getting paid in college

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Current Houston Texans’ RB Arian Foster admitted to getting paid while at Tennessee. In a Sports Illustrated documentary called Schooled: The Price of College Sports, Foster said he was paid during his senior year because he was in a bad financial situation and needed money for food.

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“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation – my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” Foster says. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”

One Tennessee coach even brought Foster and three or four others food after he called complaining of hunger.

“There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t know money. We’re hungry. Either you give us some food or I’m gonna go do something stupid.’ He came down and be brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful.”

Add Arian Foster’s name to the long list of advocates who believe NCAA athletes should be paid for their labor.

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