It’s no secret that college football is big business, and that’s especially true in the SEC.
Whether players deserve more of that pie than what they receive via scholarship has been a national debate for many years now, and Florida defensive back Jalen Tabor left no question about where he stands in a tweet sent out Tuesday evening.
“The SEC Made 527.4 Million in Total Revenue and Players Ain’t Get A Penny . Modern Form Of Slavery,” Tabor tweeted.
The dollar figure Tabor references comes from a recent report that states the conference made a whopping $527.4 million in the 2015 fiscal year, fueled partly by the College Football Playoff and the SEC Network. Commissioner Mike Slive alone earned a reported $3.6 million. So certainly there’s a lot of money being made.
But to say players don’t “get a penny” is technically untrue — the UF cost of attendance for a non-Florida resident such as Tabor, who is from Washington, D.C., is $42,938 per year, according to CollegeData.
UPDATE: Tabor apologized for his initial tweet. Sort of.
“Went to far with slavery I can admit I’m wrong on that . But y’all get the message,” he tweeted.
This isn’t the first time one of Tabor’s tweets has made headlines.