(Sports Network) - Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in a new
documentary he accepted money while playing college football at the University
"Honestly, I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation but
my senior year, I was getting money on the side," Foster says in a clip from
the EPIX documentary "Schooled: The Price of College Sports."
The clip was posted online Friday by Sports Illustrated. The magazine says
Foster was approached by producers in February and sat for a four-hour
Foster didn't back away from the comments Friday, calling the NCAA a "bully"
and saying he feels "very strong about the injustice the NCAA has been doing
"That's why I said what I said. I'm not trying to throw anyone under the bus
or anything like that," Foster said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I
feel like I shouldn't have to run from the NCAA anymore. They're like these
big bullies and I'm not scared of them."
In the documentary clip, Foster says there were "plenty of times" he didn't
have enough money for food.
"I didn't have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food,"
Foster says. "But I remember the feeling of like, 'Man, be careful.' But
there's nothing wrong with it (taking money) and you're not going to convince
me that there is something wrong with it."
Says Foster: "There was a point when we had no food, no money and so I called
my coach and I said, 'Coach, we don't have no food and we don't have no money
and I'm hungry. Either you give us some food or I'm going to go do something
stupid.' And he came down and he brought like 50 tacos for like four or five
of us, which is an NCAA violation."
Foster played at Tennessee from 2005-08. Despite going undrafted, he has made
three straight Pro Bowls for the Texans and led the NFL in rushing in 2010.
His coach all four seasons at Tennessee was Phillip Fulmer.
Foster said Friday he never received money from a coach but, "Side people
always offer you money all the time, just random people usually. 'Can I take
care of you?' It happens all the time."
"When you're at college and your family doesn't make a lot of money, it's hard
to make ends meet," Foster said, according to the Chronicle. "Towards the end
of the month, you run out every month. It's a problem all across America. It's
just when you play top-tier Division I football, there's people that are
willing to help you out. I got helped out."
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement the school "can't
speak to something that allegedly happened a long time ago." He said "the
values and priorities of our athletics department and football program are
aligned, and the constant education of our student-athletes regarding the
rules and consequences of their choices is of the highest priority."
Foster says in the documentary there were times he remembers signing
autographs for "hundreds of kids" and taking pictures with fans before walking
back to his dorm room and realizing there was no food in the fridge.
"Hold up, man. What just happened?" Foster says. "I don't have anything to
show for what I just did. But then the next day I walk up to the facility and
I see my coach pull up in a brand-new Lexus -- beautiful."
Says Foster: "There was a lot of guys on my team that sold drugs. Some of the
guys sold drugs. That's why you hear a lot of the guys selling their rings.
They're just trying to eat, man."
"It was total bull----," Foster says, "but you don't say anything because if
you say anything you're stepping out of line and that will hurt your chances
of getting to the next level. It's a brilliantly devised, devious scheme to
keep kids quiet."
Foster's comments came to light a little over a week after Yahoo Sports
reported five SEC football players received improper benefits from multiple
NFL agents and financial advisers before the end of their collegiate careers,
including Tennessee players Tyler Bray and Maurice Couch.
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