While he’s yet to debut for the 76ers, number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons is still building some huge hype. Last week, a documentary about his life, titled “One and Done,” aired on Showtime. In it, Simmons lashed out against the NCAA and the way they profit off of players who don’t see a dime. He specifically drew issue with the NCAA’s argument that players are compensated with a valuable education, given that most players stick around for only a year or two and don’t actually graduate.
Simmons went as far as to call the situation surrounding the “one and done” rule “f**ked up” for taking advantage of athletes without paying them.
The NCAA didn’t take those comments kindly, and the NCAA President and former LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert responded himself.
“I was reading today where someone who played basketball at LSU was very unhappy with the one-and-done rule. That’s not our rule. That’s the NBA’s rule. But (he says) it’s another stupid NCAA rule.
“The one-and-done rule is something I’ve made no secret about how much I dislike it. It makes a farce of going to school. But if you just want to play in the NBA, you can do that. You can go to Europe or play at a prep school until you’re 19. …
“If someone wants to be a pro basketball player and doesn’t want to go to college, don’t go to college. We don’t put a gun to your head. First and foremost, it’s about being a student at a university. We’re in the human development business.”
The rule will likely remain a source of contention and controversy for awhile. The upcoming CBA between the Players Association and the League has elected to leave the rule unchanged, so for the time being players will have to accept the way things are.