LeBron wants to make sure everyone knows what’s happening here. At this stage, it is well documented that NBA players around the league are quite disgusted with the latest NCAA rule that states officials need a university degree if they want to represent one of their players.

This directive was called the “Rich Paul Rule” because Paul is one of the world’s largest officials and attained greatness without following the traditional path. Paul today penned an op-ed about the entire ordeal in The Athletic and he had some words of choice for the discriminatory practices of the NCAA.

Per Paul:   “Requiring a four-year degree accomplishes only one thing — systematically excluding those who come from a world where college is unrealistic. Does anyone really believe a four-year degree is what separates an ethical person from a con artist? Let’s also be clear that once the NCAA requires a four-year degree for athletes ‘testing the waters,’ it’s only a matter of time until this idea is socialized, no longer questioned, and then more broadly applied. We all know how this works. Unfair policy is introduced incrementally so people accept it because it only affects a small group. Then the unfair policy quietly evolves into institutional policy. I’m not sure what the technical term is for that because I didn’t finish college but I know it when I see it.”

Paul’s biggest client, LeBron James, took to Twitter to show support for his guy as he retweeted a quote from the article and simply said: “StayWokeFolks.” It’s clear that James and Paul feel as though there is a bigger intention at play here and they will stop at nothing until something is done about it.


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