ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former UCF kicker Donald De La Haye says all he wanted to do was follow his passion and make a little money with videos he posted on YouTube.
But since some of those videos included his experiences as a student-athlete, it wasn’t that simple. UCF and the NCAA offered De La Haye an alternative that he felt was “very unfair.”
“They wanted me to give up my money that I made, which is crazy,” De La Haye said in a video he posted Monday night. “I worked hard for it and you just want me to throw my money away and take down my videos, which again, I worked so hard for and wasn’t comfortable doing.
De La Haye, who could not reached for comment on Tuesday, said he was ruled ineligible, had his scholarship taken away and now is out of school. In-state tuition at UCF is about $22,000, including room and board, books and fees. The marketing major would have been a junior on the football team this season.
UCF said in a released statement it sought and received a waiver from the NCAA that allowed De La Haye to continue making the videos that chronicle his life on and away from the football field. The waiver would have allowed De La Haye to continue making money off the advertising from his videos — as long as they did not depict him as a student-athlete. Videos depicting him as a student-athlete would have to put on a non-monetized account.
The waiver also required De La Haye to pay back the money he has earned from the videos, though that amount is…
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