Tim Tebow Says Pay To Play Bill Will Change College Sports, Taylor Rooks Responds: You Come From Privilege! [VIDEO]
Former University of Florida superstar quarterback, Tim Tebow touched on the recent passing of the California State “Fair Pay to Play” bill, SB206, that would make it easier for student-athletes to earn money from their names, images and likenesses. On Friday (Sept 13th), Tebow spoke on his college experience on ESPN’s First Take, making his stance on the matter very clear. Tebow says,
“When I was at the University of Florida, I think my jersey was one of the top-selling jerseys around the world. It was like Kobe, LeBron and then I was right behind them, and I didn’t make a dollar from it. But nor did I want to.”
“Because I knew that going into college what it was all about. I knew going to Florida, my dream school, where I wanted to go, the passion for it. And if I could support my team, support my college, support my university, that’s what it’s all about.”
His tenor in Florida was highlighted by two BCS national championships, two first-team All-American selections, two SEC Player of the Year awards and the 2007 Heisman Trophy. With all of his accomplishments, the new bill could have made Tebow a nice chunk of change had he been allowed to profit off his likeness in college. However, many disagree with Tebow’s logic with walking away from marketing yourself from a athletic ability.
After sharing his thoughts on the bill that was approved by a 39-0 vote and will be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom after also passing the assembly by a 73-0 vote on Monday (Sept. 9th), Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks responded on Instagram highlighting Tebow’s privileged experience. She writes,
“It allows the students athletes to hire agents to help them make money off their likeness.”
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Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But context is incredibly important. ALSO. the Fair pay to play act does NOT force schools to pay their athletes. It allows the student athletes to hire agents to help them make money off their likeness…business deals, sponsorships, etc —— which just seems like common sense.
Check out some notable athletes reactions to Tebow’s ESPN clip:
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