Texans’ Foster: ‘I was getting cash on the side’ in college

Houston Texans working back Arian Foster admitted to accepting money during his older season at the University of Tennessee in a new documentary, Sports Highlighted reported on Friday.
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Johnny Manziel might have become the poster kid of the “should college football gamers get paid” argument this summer, but it’s comments coming from a player a few hours south of College Station these days that are drawing new headlines.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster admitted to accepting cash during his senior season at the University of Tennessee in a new documentary, Sports Illustrated reported upon Friday.

In the EPIX documentry, “Schooled: The Price of College Sports activities, ” Foster explains his reasons for taking payments while playing university football.

“I don’t know if this will throw us in to an NCAA investigation – my senior year, I was getting paid money on the side, ” Foster mentioned in a video posted on CUANDO. com. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy several food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful. ‘ But annoying wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it. ”

The outspoken Foster, one never scared to speak his true feelings, believes that the money the schools make off the players is enough justification for payments to be issued to the students.

“Our arena had like 107, 000 seats, ” Foster said. “107, 000 people buying a ticket to come view us play. It’s tough much like knowing that, being aware of that. We had just won and I had a good video game, 100 yards or whatever. You decide to go outside and there’s hundreds of kids waiting for you. You’re signing autographs, taking pictures, whatever.

“Then I walk back, and reality sets in. I go to my dormitory room, open my fridge plus there’s nothing in my fridge. ”

Foster said he cautioned his coaches about his lack of resources.

“There was obviously a point where we had no meals, no money, ” Foster said. “So I called my coach and am said, ‘Coach, we don’t have no food. We don’t have no money. We’re hungry. Either you give all of us some food, or I’m going to go do something stupid. ‘”

“He came down and he brought like 50 tacos regarding like four or five of us, which is a good NCAA violation. But then, the next day, I walk up to the facility and see my coach pull up in a brand new Lexus. Beautiful. ”

Foster’s comments could not come at a even worse time for Tennessee.

A Yahoo! Sports report last week accused five SEC players of accepting impermissible benefits, including Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.

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