Warriors’ Draymond Green reacts to California bill allowing college athletes to be paid
Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green took to Twitter on Monday night to express his excitement about the passing of SB 206 — a California bill that would allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals:
California!!! Extremely excited about the bill that passed tonight allowing players to be paid. Finally, we are making some progress and getting this thing right. Kids going to sleep hungry, can’t afford ANYTHING yet these Universities are profiting off those same kids. SIGN IT!!
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 10, 2019
The Fair to Play Act, as it’s known, passed through the Assembly on Monday with a resounding vote of 72-0. Another version of the bill already passed through the Senate in May. The next step in the process will be to reconcile any differences in the versions of the bill, which could be voted on as early as Tuesday, according to SB 206 advocate Senator Nancy Skinner. Finally, the bill would need to be signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.
If SB 206 becomes a law, it would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, according to a report from Deadspin. Under its guidelines, schools in California would be prohibited from revoking scholarships or scholarship eligibility from athletes who profit off their own name, image and likeness.
The Warriors star isn’t the only NBA player who seems to be in support of SB 206. Lakers superstar LeBron James is also in favor of the legislation:
Everyone is California- call your politicians and tell them to support SB 206! This law is a GAME CHANGER. College athletes can responsibly get paid for what they do and the billions they create.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 5, 2019
With regards to finances, many college athletes struggle to get by. The schools they attend, however, generate loads of cash for the games they participate in. Critics of this new bill would argue that a college degree is enough compensation, but supporters like Green and others believe the athletes should be compensated a fair amount for their services.