Snoop Dogg’s Son Quits UCLA Football Team, Jim Mora Issues Statement
Attention college football programs and sports news media outlets: ignore celebrity kids who play sports; they're bad for business.
In any other realm, the offspring of an A-list celebrity would be something of a pariah. "They don't need to work," "they don't want to work," "they don't understand the people they'll be working alongside of," "they have huge egos" -- this is what would go through your mind if you were running a business and the résumé of a public figure's son/daughter came across your desk. Regardless of their abilities, intellect, upside, etc., the first thing you would think when deciding whether or not to bring a celebrity's kid into your organization is that they come rife with baggage. But I don't blame the them for being difficult -- it's a tough road to hoe being rich kid who can't tell if their friends are only their friends because they want to meet their famous parent. That'd fuck anyone up.
It does -- which is why college sports programs need to stop recruiting these kids. Sorry, but it's true.
Back in February, ESPN promoted the shit out Snoop's kid's National Signing Day decision -- neatly coinciding with an ESPN program ABOUT their father/son relationship as Cordell Broadus' ascended to the D-I ranks. "I thought it over with my family," Cordell said to a room full of reporters. "And I've decided that UCLA is the right fit for me."
Fastforward to today:
— UCLA Nation (@UCLA_Nation) August 14, 2015
I'm not faulting the kid for bouncing on the program that recruited him, nor am I holding him responsible for the amount of attention his signing received. I'm pointing the finger at UCLA, who've been snake-bitten twice after signing the children of ultra-famous rappers. P. Diddy's kettlebell incident with a strength and conditioning coach, albeit far stranger than Broadus' change of heart, tells you everything you need to know about recruiting players with egomaniacal, VIP parents.
No one's saying that a person with close familial ties to the rich and famous CAN'T be a top-flight athlete -- it just seems clear that the end is nigh for the era when massive college athletics programs actively seek out trustfund kids whose Dads have their own brand of vodka.
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