The NCAA Has Caved On The Rich Paul Rule

The NCAA Has Caved On The Rich Paul Rule
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Just a week after the NCAA tweaked its agent rules in a way that sure seemed to specifically target Rich Paul for exclusion, the organization has caved, changing the rules a second time to ensure Paul will still be able to represent college basketball players who are testing the waters of the NBA.

The old rule change was a tweak on a transformation last year that allowed players considering the NBA Draft to retain the services of an agent without killing their eligibility. At first, all NBPA agents were fair game, but last week’s new criteria required a bachelor’s degree, among a few other qualifications. The new-new criteria, however, eliminates that controversial requirement that would have excluded Rich Paul, who represents some of the NBA’s best players but never went to college.

“While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria,” the NCAA wrote in its statement—the closest it came to acknowledging the perception that the rule was specifically aimed at Paul.

As soon as the rule change became public last Tuesday, multiple NBA stars tweeted their criticisms—including Paul’s most famous client, LeBron James.

And just this morning, Paul himself wrote an op-ed for the Athletic pointing out that the rule will exclude people from disadvantaged backgrounds—many of whom are people of color—and questioned what exactly a four-year degree was supposed to prove about a

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 03:  Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center on March 3, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis may have left Purple and Gold fans wondering what could have been following his appearance on Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Davis said fans and analysts could have written the Lakers in as champions if they signed Kawhi Leonard this offseason after Kimmel asked him if he was upset the reigning NBA Finals MVP joined the Los Angeles Clippers instead.

It should be noted that Davis was laughing and joking with Kimmel in a light-hearted interview, so this comment wasn’t a serious guarantee. The Kentucky product also clarified he would never be upset at another player for getting paid a

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