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UCF kicker says he's no longer on scholarship following YouTube decision

02 August, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Carla Brady
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The University of Central Florida kicker at the center of a YouTube controversy has made the decision to give up football rather than give up making money from videos he produced.

"The waiver also allowed him to create videos that referenced his status as a student-athlete or depict his football skill or ability if they were posted to a non-monetized account", the statement read. UCF announced Monday that De La Haye has been ruled ineligible to play for the school's team. "A lot of people would watch my videos and say I inspire them", said De La Haye in his YouTube video posted just after finding out he was no longer a member of the team. However, amateurs who play in NCAA-run competitions are not allowed to profit off their "likeness", so De La Haye's videos that both ran ads and featured his football activities got him in trouble. "UCF athletics wishes him the best in his future endeavors", the school said in its statement.

Donald De La Haye, 20, was warned about his YouTube videos. Meanwhile his YouTube channel has over 90,000 subscribers.

It was a clear-cut decision for De La Haye, who was a kicker without an extensive college resume.

A college football player at the University of Central Florida was booted from the team for using his status to earn money on YouTube. I worked so hard for it, you want me to just throw my money away? But the organization imposed a few conditions-including that he post his videos to a non-monetized account-and Da La Haye said no thanks. "They proposed me some rules and conditions that they wanted me to follow, and I refused to". Because if you don't see the absurdity of the NCAA banning players from selling autographs, trading memorabilia or doing local vehicle commercials, maybe you can see the absurdity of the NCAA banning a player from making a few bucks off his YouTube channel.

Following the ruling, De La Haye released a new video, explaining he didn't feel what was presented was fair. "Say they loved what I do". None of these athletes committed crimes - they were guilty only of earning fair market value for their work.

Either way, the NCAA doesn't want De La Haye, or any student athletes, profiting off their athlete status on any social platform or within other business ventures. I dont like asking for stuff, but this is important. even $1 would help'. Social media is the next frontier for student athletes to make money on their own terms. That was a violation of the NCAA's edict against athletes making money off their own likenesses based on their status as an athlete.