NBAFan93 wrote:Crizzle wrote:NBAFan93 wrote:
Honestly man, it’s not a reach to see the reasons why that would be illegal under the recruiting rules. Even if this happened on a larger scale in the NBA in regards to a FA, fans of opposing teams would be upset.
Person does a huge favor for a soon to be FA athlete before they are part of a FO, little later person is hired by the FO of a team for a lucrative position, athlete signs w/ that team as a FA. That’s what happened here, and if this guy is really that good, you got to wonder if the relationship and favors he had due.to Penny is a reason Penny got the coaching job - how much is his salary?
Not the first time Memphis has done shady stuff either. I guess if this getting paid for your likeness stuff happens you’d hope to see less of this shady crap cause maybe parents will wise up and stop taking handouts that risk their kids eligibility (of course that will only work if the legit money is significantly greater than the shady money). I guess if the kid would have chose another school though none of this would matter, right?
Are you suggesting Penny was in need of money?
I’m suggesting that there is a possibility he got his job, which I’m sure is paying him at least a couple million, because someone knew he could deliver this kid to Memphis. This guy is really good?, right? If so, the optics are not good.
The problem is that now you have to start defining where the line is.
Let's say in a hypothetical scenario Penny sets up a basketball camp for underprivileged but talented kids. Given Penny's connections and name recognition these kids could benefit a lot more from this than an 11 thousand dollar gift. Penny uses his sponsorship connections and relationships to get some of the best trainers, nutritionists, physicians, housing etc. to work with these kids during the entire summer before they return to school - all in the name of charity.
Now a couple of years later Penny gets offered a coaching position. Of course he's going to have great relationships with these kids. Should be be disqualified from recruiting them now and should these players be suspended for the year if they do end up choosing to play for him?