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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Gilbert Arenas: Duke has paid players $200,000 to play for them

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Gilbert Arenas has accused Duke of paying players major money to come play for their basketball program.

Stephen A. Smith posted a video on Instagram talking about a new California bill that would allow college athletes to get paid through endorsements. Arenas, who played 11 seasons in the NBA and was a three-time All-Star, responded to the video in the comments.

Arenas says players are already getting paid, and he says he knows of two players in the last five years who were paid $200,000 to attend Duke rather than Kentucky.

The recent FBI college basketball scandal should have opened the eyes of fans to what goes on under the table. Shoe companies are heavily involved in the payments to players, which are often funneled through youth programs to families and handlers.

Duke, under Coach K, is thought to be on a higher level of morality when it comes to running a clean program, but Arenas says they are no different from any other program that’s paying players.

Arenas’ comment should not come as a surprise. We recently published a story about allegations that the highest-profile Duke player of all was paid by Nike to attend the school.

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