UCF kicker Donald De La Haye has two passions in life: football and making videos.
While he’s a member of the Knights’ football team as a kickoff specialist, he’s also a YouTube star with over 52,000 subscribers; however, he may be forced to choose between the two.
On Saturday, June 10, De La Haye uploaded a new YouTube video titled, “Quit college sports or quit YouTube?”. In the video, the kicker showed up to a meeting at the football offices exclaiming he felt like it was Judgement Day.
“Everything’s going to go well,” he said in the video. “We’re just going to talk about ways that I can keep doing what I’m doing and follow the rules.”
It’s unclear who the meeting was with, but upon returning, De La Haye said he was basically given an ultimatum of choosing between football or YouTube videos.
“The meeting went well, but it didn’t go well at the same time,” he said. “Basically, I’m not allowed to make any money off of my YouTube videos. I’m working hard basically as a job — filming, editing and things of that sort, and I’m not allowed to make any money. If I do, then bad things happen for me. I feel like they’re making me pick between my passion for what I love to do shooting videos and entertaining and my other passion, playing football.”
De La Haye continued: “I’ve put in the work, and I’m not allowed to get any benefits from that work. My family’s struggling at home; there’s barely any food and tons of bills piling up. My mom’s struggling, calling me crying. And I’m not allowed to help. I thought I had found a way.”
De La Haye’s bio says he’s from Port St. Lucie, Florida, and he’s a rising junior. He played in all 13 games in 2016 as a kickoff specialist and totaled 37 touchbacks on the season.
Check out De La Haye’s emotional video below, and the meeting starts at approximately the seven-minute mark.