Former UCF football player suing school over YouTube videos
A former football player at UCF is suing the university over YouTube videos he made while a student athlete at the school.
Last July, kicker Donald De La Haye was ruled ineligible as a result of not complying with a request made by the NCAA to stop monetizing his popular YouTube account. De La Haye’s YouTube channel has over half a million subscribers. Among the videos he posted was one called “Camp Chronicles,” which showed footage from preseason football camp.
UCF attempted to back De La Haye by requesting the NCAA to allow him to keep the page monetized as long as De La Haye did not collect the money and donated it to charity instead. De La Haye rejected this idea. He was subsequently suspended by the university.
As WFTV 9 reports, De La Haye has sued UCF over policies that have been applied to him. In the suit, De La Haye says he wants his scholarship reinstated and the practices used against him ruled as unconstitutional.
De La Haye was a kickoff specialist for the Knights as a freshman and sophomore. After losing his eligibility, De La Haye signed with Whistle Sports to pursue an online video career. News of his lawsuit comes out the same day we learned about a former TCU player suing his school and coach, though for a much different reason.