Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

LeBron James passionately calls out NCAA for its new 'Rich Paul rule'

LeBron James passionately calls out NCAA for its new 'Rich Paul rule'

Get a clue, says LeBron James and a host of other National Basketball Association players, who have taken turns on social media rightfully blasting the organization's new requirements for agents.

One of those rules disqualifies Paul. James' agent Rich Paul, who also represents Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and others, doesn't have a college diploma.

The NCAA has reportedly set new criteria for agents who wish to consult student athletes attempting to turn pro. In what is now being dubbed, the "Rich Paul" rule, the NCAA now requires that agents must have a Bachelor's degree, must have been certified by the NBPA for at least three years, and must pass an in-person exam at the NCAA office in Indianapolis.

James was among those who criticized the bachelor's degree portion of the memo and decried it as the Rich Paul Rule.

The Athletic's Sam Vecenie later tweeted a copy of the NCAA memo detailing the new requirements, confirming Rothstein's original report. So when the NCAA made this criteria, it was immediately received with backlash.

Now he's in direct violation of the NCAA's newest rule - if he tries to land a college basketball player as a client. He wrote: "Can't Stop, Won't Stop!" Nothing will stop this movement and culture over here.

ESPN's Bomani Jones took to Twitter to dismiss suspicions that the new regulation targeted Paul and suggest that the organization had another target entirely. Paul, the founder of Klutch Sports Group, started working with LeBron just a few years after high school and built his empire without ever graduating from college.

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