Wilson Chandler, Evan Turner, Kevin Hart react to new NCAA ‘Rich Paul rule’
The NCAA recently announced that it would require certain criteria for agents who wish to represent NBA hopeful student-athletes. One of the requirements is that agents should have a bachelor’s degree. The announcement did not sit well with Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, who believed this was a direct shot at his agent and long-time friend Rich Paul.
Evan Turner and Wilson Chandler, both from rivaling agencies, showed their support for Rich Paul.
The “rich Paul” rule tho 🤦🏽♂️ smh
— Evan Turner (@thekidet) August 6, 2019
S/o to Rich Paul
— Wilson Chandler (@wilsonchandler) August 6, 2019
Likewise, actor and comedian Kevin Hart showed his love for Paul, calling him a ground breaker for the work he has done over the years.
The world is so afraid of ground breakers….This is beyond sad & major B.S…..Keep shining @RichPaul4 ….This only makes you stronger….what you have built is unbelievable champ…. #TheRichPaulRule ….Shame on you NCAA
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) August 7, 2019
Obviously, no one was more disgusted with the news than The King himself.
Paul does not have a bachelor’s degree. Thus, this requirement instantly disqualifies him from representing future student-athletes who wish to test the NBA waters.
LeBron James and Rich Paul have been long-time partners and together, have built the empire that is the Klutch Sports Group from the ground up. Klutch is arguably the biggest player agency out there, housing some of the NBA’s high-profiled stars such as LeBron’s new Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors. Many consider Paul a revolutionary in his field.
LeBron James jumped from high school to the pros. Thus, he did not have to deal with the shenanigans of the NCAA. Nevertheless, James has been one of the more outspoken figures on how the collegiate league exploits student-athletes for profit.
James certainly did not hold back and blasted the NCAA for this backwards-thinking rule.