Donald De La Haye has made his decision.
The Central Florida kicker is also a YouTube star who claimed UCF’s compliance office told him he could either quit playing football or shut down his money-making video channel.
After skewering the NCAA in a video posted late last week, De La Haye posted this video on Sunday, in which he revealed he would continue uploading to the channel:
“At the end of the day, I’ve decided I’m going to keep making my videos. I’m going to continue bringing love and positivity and joy and inspiration to all my viewers, all my followers, all my subscribers.
“I’m going to upload regularly to this channel. I’m not stopping that. I’m not demonetizing. I refuse to. So it’s out of my hands now, the decision is in the NCAA’s hands, whether they want to suspend me or whether they want to let me do me.”
But how will the university or the NCAA respond if he continues to make money off the site?
Here’s what UCF told ESPN in a statement regarding De La Haye:
“UCF Athletics is committed to rules compliance. Our compliance staff strives to make sure our student-athletes are informed about all pertinent NCAA bylaws. Student-athletes attend regular educational meetings regarding NCAA eligibility. One of our goals is to help our student-athletes learn about the bylaws that govern intercollegiate athletics, in an effort to help them maintain their eligibility.”
And an NCAA spokesperson had this to say to For The Win‘s Steven Ruiz regarding the kicker:
“It appears that we have not received a waiver or communication from the university regarding this matter.”
In other words, stay tuned.
Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll