Barack Obama weighs in on NCAA scandal with surprising solution for exploited athletes

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After the NCAA scandal that broke this week everyone is weighing in—including President Barack Obama.

An avid basketball ball player, Barack Obama said that the NBA should consider creating a junior division with the NCAA that would foster talented youth well before the big leagues.

The junior league could serve as a feeder system into professional basketball he said while addressing the NCAA’s structure at a sports-policy conference at MIT last week.   

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“It’s just not a sustainable way of doing business,” Barack Obama said, via‘s Robby Soave. “Then when everybody acts shocked that some kid from extraordinarily poor circumstances who’s got 5, 10, 15 million dollars waiting for him is going to be circled by everybody in a context in which people are making billions of dollars, it’s not good.”

While he admits that creating a junior league “won’t solve all the problems” it says it would help student-athletes from the culture shock of having to handle both roles in college.

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The FBI arrested 10 people in connection to a two-year probe into corruption and bribery in college basketball.

Corruption in the League

Just recently coach Sean Miller of the Universaity of Arizona came under fire after he allegedly discussed a $100,000 payment for center Wildcats center Deandre Ayton on an FBI wiretap.

That prompted Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef to back out of going to Arizona and instead committing to UCLA.

Shareef O’Neal tweeted: “At this time I’m am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team. I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it’s in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.”

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Per Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde and Pete Thamel, documents and financial records from former NBA agent Andy Miller, his former associate Christian Dawkins and ASM Sports—Miller’s agency—indicate at least 20 Division I programs and more than 25 players could be in violation of NCAA rules.