"I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation -- my senior year, I was getting money on the side," said Foster in the film. "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."
Foster's point -- echoed by almost everyone not associated with the NCAA -- is that college players should be paid. They generate millions of dollars for the universities they represent and in exchange they're given a free education. That's great, but it's not enough. Especially when, as Foster pointed out, he needed to pay rent and buy food.
Well, this development did not sit well with ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, the same man who has made more money than he can count talking into a microphone about a game played by a bunch of unpaid college kids.
@GreggDoyelCBS When they put their hand out like a prostitute & take it they don't say a word - moaning yrs later = SAD!— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) September 20, 2013
A day later, Vitale had a change of heart and apologized for comparing Foster to a prostitute.
I apologize if it offended u that I used prostitute 4 athletes taking cash @marcisenberg made a gr8 point about NCAA rules @ term illegal— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) September 21, 2013
So what was Marc Isenberg's point?
.@DickieV So if players are prostitutes, who are the pimps? Bad analogy, but you started it. :)— Marc Isenberg (@marcisenberg) September 21, 2013
.@DickieV Prostitution defined: Sex for $. Definitely ILLEGAL Athletes taking $ is not "selling body." Nor illegal. Just against NCAA rules— Marc Isenberg (@marcisenberg) September 21, 2013
Rules that make little sense. And if you still don't agree, keep reading.
"There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn't have enough for food," Foster said in the documentary. "Our stadium had like 107,000 seats; 107,000 people buying a ticket to come watch us play. It's tough just like knowing that, being aware of that. We had just won and I had a good game, 100 yards or whatever You go outside and there's hundreds of kids waiting for you. You're signing autographs, taking pictures, whatever.
"Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dorm room, open my fridge, and there's nothing in my fridge. Hold up, man. What just happened? Why don't I have anything to show for what I just did? 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 have no money. We're hungry. Either you give us some food, or I'm gonna go do something stupid.' He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. [laughs] But then, the next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful."
And that's the point.