Arian Foster Called a Prostitute for Taking Money

    September 22, 2013
    Erika Watts
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While most former college football players who admit to taking money while playing would be catching a lot of heat, this time a lot of the attention is on someone who criticized a guy for doing that on Twitter. Former University of Tennessee running back Arian Foster admitted to taking money in college on Friday. The Texans player said that he took the money because he was completely broke, and the admission prompted ESPN analyst Dick Vitale to compare Foster to a prostitute on Twitter.

The Admission

Foster told Sports Illustrated that he took money “on the side” to help with rent and grocery expenses during college.

“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation–my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” said Foster. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it. There were plenty of times where throughout the month I didn’t have enough for food.”

Foster, who was coached by Phil Fulmer while at Tennessee, says that he thinks student athletes should be paid for their work. “There was a point where we had no food, no money, so I called my coach and I said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry.’…He came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five of us. Which is an NCAA violation. The next day I walk up to the facility and I see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful,” Foster said. “I’m a firm believer that an employee should get paid for his work. And, 100 percent, I see student athletes as employees.”

Should college football players be paid a stipend, considering how much money the university and coaches are making? Add your comments below.

The Twitter Drama

Foster’s admission prompted sports analyst Dick Vitale to compare him to a “prostitute” on Twitter, which made for a lot of entertaining back-and-forth comments over the weekend.

Vitale’s comment was met with a lot of backlash, especially after he referred to what Foster did as illegal.

The comments continued, with Vitale getting more irate for the criticism he received for calling Arian Foster a prostitute. Interestingly enough, Vitale’s Twitter comments came while he said he was in the Bahamas on a family vacation.

After receiving hundreds of criticizing comments from Twitter users, who Vitale eventually threatened to block if they couldn’t disagree with him nicely, the ESPN sports analyst finally offered up an apology.

Heads up athletes–if you’re going to admit you broke NCAA rules and took money, make sure Dick Vitale gets wind of it.

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  • Tobias Roth

    Take it easy, Dicky V and wait until basketball season…

  • Reality

    Vitale cannot be this naive. Dick, this is not the era in which you coached. Not even close.

    This stuff happens at all major university programs. Anyone who has ever been close to or involved in major programs knows it happens.

    College football players at major schools are not student-athletes. They are there to play sports. It is a huge business. Athletes are passed by teachers or get answers to tests from tutors or through the greek system. Alumni pay the athletes under the table or set them up with easy high paying jobs where they are also paid under the table. Cheerleaders, strippers, and hookers are used all the time to attract athletes. Heck, many of the girls do it for free just because of the thrill or the possibility of landing a future professional athlete. Parents are moved or given jobs in the community the athlete goes to school in. Players are so large now that college teams are as big as pro teams — a lot of this is from steroids. What you think our kids have access to every drug in the world, but draw the line at drugs that make them stronger and look better?

    Come on people — stop being so naive. We see the evidence all around us and logically we know that there is no way an athlete really can be a student, yet we try to convince ourselves that this stuff isn’t happening. People don’t deal with reality — they want to deal with a dream world that doesn’t exist.

  • Hmm

    How old is Dick Vitale? There are people in this nation that still think it is the 1950s and that the 1950s were the greatest times in the world. The reality is that it is 2013 and the world is vastly different. Heck, in the past 12 years the United States has changed so dramatically.

    Our “kids” are not kids anymore. It is delusional to think that they are. They are as big as full grown adults and doing everything adults are doing. This includes taking money in the high school and college ranks.

    High school is becoming like college. College is becoming like the pros. The pros are just a totally different animal.

  • Reality

    I wrote the comment below and left one thing out. I don’t believe Foster took money for food. College football teams have access to the best food available —- and lots of it. It is not like he is a staving college student that has to work two jobs on the side. Heck, now teams have dorms and dining halls just for their football teams.

    • Jase

      Agree with that, they get housing, food, clothing. Not to say they shouldn’t get more when they are getting so much made off them but they are taken care of. And if he is poor he probably had grant money to

  • Jase

    Hey Dicky V, u mad bro?

  • maximillian muhammad

    of course college players should be paid, all this money that these colleges make off of bowl games, college basketball sponsors ,jerseys and also how many students go to these schools because said former athlete went their? NCAA sports ain’t nothing but a Pimp and they pimp and turn out their athletes and don’t care if they play pro ball or not and if a kid gets hurt then what?
    call it what it is a minor league for the pros and since College football for instance are running more pro rated type of offenses well that increases everything. its a joke how these schools get over. a modern day plantation

  • Jim II

    If Adrian took money and is a prostitute, the people who gave it
    to him are either Tricks or Pimps.