Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky and ESPN Radio 1070’s Dan Dakich got into a heated debate on Monday during the NCAA tournament championship game regarding payment as it pertains to college basketball players.
NCAA..only place 18-24 yr old Athletes make $20,000 to $60,000 for 20 hr a week work only 8 hrs work in the summer months and r "exploited"— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) April 3, 2017
You clearly have no idea what you are talking about https://t.co/MfpSQziG0G— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 3, 2017
Riiiight only been a player..coach..dad paying but ur right I have "no idea"..you'll grow up and understand someday son!! https://t.co/mYjZgr5wvx— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) April 3, 2017
Oh right cause when you played people were making billions yearly off of college sports while telling u ur image doesn't belong to u right? https://t.co/Kgac9Vqmmm— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 3, 2017
Dakich felt college basketball players get “paid” the cost of attending a university and, conversely, shouldn’t complain about any additional compensation, or lack thereof. After all, he spent four years playing at Indiana — a career highlighted by a stalwart defensive effort against Michael Jordan in his final game at North Carolina.
Dakich, though, played college hoops before there were video games, and before image and likeness became controversial topics in the basketball world.
Kaminsky, though, merely wanted to take advantage of his image while he was a star at Wisconsin.
Then things took a turn:
Clown..read my tweets..who has said anything about image btw ur "image" without WISCONSIN jersey is currently worth 0 zip nada https://t.co/9nUUgLYgdp— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) April 3, 2017
Must be wonderful to reap the benefits of kids working their asses off by sitting on yours and rambling about 0 zip nada https://t.co/x5J0aZzJfR— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 3, 2017
"WORKING ur ass off"? Son please..we had no "restrictions" on hrs! U wouldn't know "working ur ass off" if it hit you in the nose.. https://t.co/M6DQRN7f56— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) April 3, 2017
Lol yea. Okay. This just proves to me how uneducated on the topic you actually are. https://t.co/XqTsiad187— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 3, 2017
Cause I got to where I was by putting in minimum effort at every single stage. Sound logic. Who could argue with that one?!?! https://t.co/XqTsiad187— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 3, 2017
This time, Dakich took a jab at modern college basketball players, saying they don’t put in the same amount of work as players of previous generations. The evolution of the basketball game speaks otherwise.
And you got paid handsomely at 18-24 for 20plus hours a week good for you!! On Wisconsin.. https://t.co/872QYBaMJ9— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) April 3, 2017
No. I didn't get paid. I left there with no money and still owed rent through my lease. Actually lost money. Glad I was good at bball tho... https://t.co/phgMQ75OeM— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 3, 2017
Probably should have..but how much goes to U of Wisky for their part in ur "name being big"? https://t.co/3TQqPmgf1d— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) April 4, 2017
100% of it did while I was there. https://t.co/OVhYlwYr13— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 4, 2017
$50,000/yr closer to $100,000/yr according in education and opportunity..did u pay $ back when u didn't play as a Fr or hurt as a Soph? https://t.co/UH8IAZwB9O— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) April 4, 2017
Since your son is making 100k go ask him for 25k as a loan and see where that goes https://t.co/8xiaUNJQmj— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 4, 2017
I never asked for money. I asked to profit off of myself. Do Pro players give money back when they are hurt? I mean this is just stupid https://t.co/YT6lDkToaX— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) April 4, 2017
In a nutshell: Some people feel college athletes should shut up and accept tuition and cost of attendance as forms of payment for the work they put in on the court. Others, like Kaminsky, understand that, but also want to capitalize on their school and league using their name and likeness to generate millions of dollars in revenue.
Kaminsky isn’t the only one who feels that way.
Doesn't take the NCAA long to offer up merchandise for sale...kinda looks like player image and likeness, huh? Congrats and cha-ching! pic.twitter.com/OU7T9qNd2C— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) April 4, 2017
Congrats to UNC. Seriously. Also- every player on the court tonight should have been paid. Scholarships don't count. Don't @ me.— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) April 4, 2017
Nor is Dakich the only person to share his sentiments.
@dandakich Outstanding take!!! Love it. Never felt exploited. Thank you Univ. of Nebraska for allowing me to pursue my passion.— CornholioHusker (@mlherrell) April 4, 2017
Amen. Tired of people acting like getting to play your sport you love and getting free school is such a terrible task. https://t.co/qvjO0K9qcm— Larkin Heldt (@LarkShark11) April 3, 2017
Still, Kaminsky made multiple valid points touching on his own experiences as a successful college basketball player who watched Wisconsin pocket money off his own image. Dakich took a more contrarian stance, as he’s done in past feuds.
Kaminsky 1, Dakich 0.