FS1 Debates College Players Getting Pay: Gottlieb: ‘Ruining’ College BBall; Broussard: ‘Kids Are Being Used’

By Michael Morris | February 22, 2019 | 11:17am EST
Chris Broussard (left) and Doug Gottlieb (middle right) of Fox Sports 1 debating whether or not Zion Williamson should continue playing at Duke after an injury during a college game against North Carolina. (Screenshot)

In a segment of First Things First on Fox Sports 1, Doug Gottlieb and Chris Broussard got into a heated exchange about college players getting pay, Gotlieb arguing “we are ruining” the league to suggest that college players should be able to “capitalize” on their fame while attending college and Broussard arguing that “these kids are being used” by the college basketball system.

“I get it,” said Chris Broussard. “We all grew up with this whole idea of college basketball – and it’s been great. I used to like college basketball, as a kid, more than the NBA, …” Doug Gottlieb interjecting, said, “And we are ruining it.”

“These kids are being used,” retorted Broussard moments later. “Alright?”

Doug Gottlieb and Chris Broussard’s heated exchange came after Duke basketball player Zion Williamson was injured when, according to Daily Wire, his Nike PG 2.5 PE shoe exploded “just 33 seconds into the big game” against North Carolina. Gottlieb and Broussard were asked whether Zion Williamson should continue playing basketball in college or if he should wait it out until the NBA draft. Gottlieb argued Williamson should play if he’s not hurt and that “we are ruining” the league to suggest that college players should be able to “capitalize” on their fame while attending college, and Broussard argued that Williamson should not play regardless, suggesting that Williamson should preserve himself for the NBA.

Below is a transcript of Gottlieb and Broussard’s comments from FS1:

Chris Broussard: “To answer the question – we’re gonna find out more about the injury – if it’s even remotely serious. Like, if he could play, yeah, you can go out and play, but it’s like a little sore, it hinders you, you’re not quite the same, don’t play. Now, if it’s not a big deal—”

Doug Gottlieb: “Wha— Why?”

Broussard: “Because, I’m not risking it. I’m sorry, Doug. I’m not. This guy has hundreds of millions of dollars to make in the NBA. I’m not risking it for a college basketball game. I’m sorry.”

Gottlieb: “Well, first of all, that would turn me off to the kid. Okay?”

Broussard: “No.”

Gottlieb: “Because—”

Broussard: “He could get injured.”

Gottlieb: “You can get injured working out.”

Broussard: “I guarantee you—”

Gottlieb: “You can get injured working out.”

Broussard: “You could, but he got injured.”

Gottlieb: “I understand, but—”

Broussard: “He got injured. You can get injured walking across the street. He got injured.”

Gottlieb: “No, I know. Basketball players play basketball. Okay? Basketball is not football. You’re not putting yourself in harm’s way of going and getting your head—”

Broussard: “You still can get hurt.”

Gottlieb: “Of course, you can.”

Broussard: “I guarantee, you said it would hurt the kid. I guarantee you, if he sits, if he says tonight, ‘You know what? My family and I have talked. I’m sitting out the rest of the season. I’m preparing for the NBA. That’s my dream.’ You think he’s not going number one?”

Gottlieb: “Oh, I think he is.”

Broussard: “Okay. Then it’s not hurting the kid.”

Gottlieb: “I think we’re at an embarrassing point in society where we’re okay with guys solely being focused on how much money they can make – right? – instead of the experience you have along—”

Broussard: “No, their dream too.”

Gottlieb: “It’s not— Nobody’s taking our dream away.”

Broussard: “If he gets hurt, it could take his dream away.”

Gottlieb: “No it’s not!”

Broussard: “But it could.”

Gottlieb: “Nerlens Noel can’t play in the NBA.”

Broussard: “How is Nerlens Noel doing?”

Gottlieb: “Again, but that’s because—”

Broussard: “You want Zion Williamson to be Nerlens Noel?”

Gottlieb: “That’s because Nerlens Noel can’t keep on weight and can’t shoot a basketball and can’t play. Right? And Nerlens Noel— Still—”

Broussard: “I get it. I get it. We all grew up with this whole idea of college basketball – and it’s been great. I used to like college basketball, as a kid, more than the NBA, …”

Gottlieb: “And we are ruining it.”

Broussard: “… but times are changing.”

Gottlieb: “No! No! It’s always been the same.”

Broussard: “These kids are being used. Alright? Zion Williamson— The president [Barack Obama] was at the game last night …”

Gottlieb: “Yes.”

Broussard: “… to see Zion, not to see Mike Krzyzewski.”

Gottlieb: “Yes. That’s amazing.”

Broussard: “Zion blew out the Nikes, not Mike Krzyzewski. But who got the Nike deal? Mike Krzyzewski.”

Gottlieb: “Well, Zion’s going to get a Nike deal.”

Broussard: “Zion Williamson should be able to capitalize on his fame …”

Gottlieb: “And if—”

Broussard: “… even in college.”

Gottlieb: “If it was about capital, you can, the second you leave college.”

Broussard: “No – in college.”

Gottlieb: “Why?”

Broussard: “You coulda capitalized if you were famous in college.”

Gottlieb: “I was famous in college. I’ve capitalized for the last 16 years. That’s what got me right here.”

Broussard: “If I had gotten— Okay, I didn’t play at the D-1 level like you.”

Gottlieb: “Right.”

Broussard: “If I had been some journalistic prodigy – and I did work at a paper in the summer. And I got paid.”

Gottlieb: “Right.”

Broussard: “That didn’t take away my eligibility or anything like that.”

Gottlieb: “I understand.”

Broussard: “Why can’t a player do that?”

Gottlieb: “Did you get—”

Broussard: “He’s selling jerseys. Why can’t he get a percentage of his jerseys?”

Gottlieb: “Did you get a $70,000 scholarship to get into a school you couldn’t get into all alone?”

Broussard: “They’re generating way more money than that.”

Gottlieb: “Now, hold on. No, no they’re not. No they’re not!”

Broussard: “If the school is the business, then why are they letting him in if he can’t get in academically?”

Gottlieb: “Because it’s a great opportunity for him. It’s an evening of the playing field, which is uneven for somebody who doesn’t come from a great academic background.”

Broussard: “For one year it’s going to even it? Is he getting a great education at Duke for one year?”

Gottlieb: “That’s up to him. That’s an opportunity that’s presented to him.”

Broussard: “For one year? I don’t care if he’s the most studious kid in the world – one year!”

Gottlieb: “He can come back whenever he wants. He can come back …”

Broussard: “That’s fine.”

Gottlieb: “… and take classes in the summer while he works out.”

Broussard: “He could do that without going to Duke.”

Gottlieb: “Yes. I understand he could do that, but he wouldn’t have a Duke degree. Okay? He wouldn’t be part of the Duke family.”

Broussard: “Please, he’s not going to need – with all due respect to Duke – he’s not going to need a Duke degree.”

Gottlieb: “Yes. Yes. Okay.”

Broussard: “Lebron James is doing fine without a degree.”

Gottlieb: “I hope so. Yes, Lebron James is the ultimate exception. Okay? This is a system that works great for 99.9 percent of the kids. He might be the one exception. You don’t tear it up …”

Broussard: “Let those exceptions capitalize. That’s all we’re saying.”

Gottlieb: “They do, the second they leave school. Look—”

Broussard: “Capitalize while you’re in school because they’re making money off ’em while you’re in school.”

Gottlieb: “Colleges make money off of all of their students. They do. When you do research, when  you get research grants for the professor, they’re making money off of all of them. And then the second you leave, they ask you for money to donate for the next generation. Okay? Like, the truth is, the richest schools in the country are the ivy leagues because they benefit off of the backs of their alumni who come through and accomplish great things. This is what college is about.

“It’s about the experiences you get. And you’re only going to get one chance to play in front of 70,000 people and win a national championship and be a part of history and play for a team with a group of kids, playing for a legendary coach.”

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