Houston Texans running back Arian Foster has admitted to accepting money during his senior year at Tennessee.
The former college star was being interviewed during the EPIX documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports when he proclaimed:
“Honestly, I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side. I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling, like, ‘Mssan, be careful,’ but there’s nothing wrong with it. You’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”
Foster was a star player for the Volunteers from 2005-2008 and eventually made his way into the NFL.
On Friday during a Texans practice Arian Foster expanded on his original comment:
“I feel very strong about the injustice the NCAA has been doing for years. That’s why I said what I said. I’m not trying to throw anyone under the bus or anything like that…. I feel like I shouldn’t have to run from the NCAA anymore. They’re like these big bullies. I’m not scared of them.”
The NCAA has come under fire for refusing to allow college players to earn money off their own names. The organization came under fire recently after going after Johnny Manziel after he accepted money to sign thousands of pieces of memorabilia.
When asked about Foster’s comments Tennessee athletic director Dave Hard said: “We can’t speak to something that allegedly happened a long time ago.” In defending the University Hart says “the values and priorities of our athletic department and football program are aligned, and the constant education of our student-athletes regarding the rules and the consequences of their choices is of the highest priority.”
NCAA spokeswoman Emily Potter said they could “not speak” about the situation at this time.
Typically the NCAA operates under a four year statue of limitations but those limitations can be changed at any time and without notice.
Tennessee is already on probation through Aug. 23, 2015, for previous violations.
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