Charles Barkley is tired of the NCAA hogging all the money. The NBA legend and commentator wants college players to have access to some of it through agents, just like he did at Auburn.
The 1984 SEC Player of the Year talked about where he stands on the issue during an appearance on ESPNU Radio on Sirius XM.
“The NCAA, if they would stop just trying to count their money all the time and do the right thing, I think they should do a program where these young kids can borrow money from an agent,” Barkley said. “And I’ve said this before: I borrowed money from an agent to help my mom and pay bills.”
Barkley believes such a program would also address another problem: players illegally receiving money from schools. It also might prolong the college careers of some players who aren’t ready to make the jump to the pros.
“The problem is, we’re getting 40 guys every year who are leaving [early],” Barkley said.
When asked whether the NBA should take some responsibility in the dilemma by instituting more of an established minor league system, Barkley doesn’t see franchises having that desire.
“They say that, but see, I don’t want my No. 1 draft pick in the G-League,” Barkley said. “That doesn’t help my team.”
You can listen to the full interview below.
Charles Barkley wants to see college players get 💰!
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— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) January 18, 2018