Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LeBron James says 'scared' agents, NCAA created Rich Paul rule

LeBron James says 'scared' agents, NCAA created Rich Paul rule

James' agent Rich Paul, who also represents Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and others, doesn't have a college diploma.

The NCAA released the following statement this evening, doubling down on the bachelor's degree requirement.

On Tuesday night, James ripped the NCAA for enacting a rule that excludes his friend.

Paul, who has James and several other high-profile clients at Klutch Sports, did not graduate from college and therefore doesn't meet the new criteria.

A new NCAA policy requiring agents advising prospective National Basketball Association players to have college degrees has some wondering if Rich Paul is the target. Under the new format, he wouldn't be able to represent underclassmen contemplating a jump to the National Basketball Association.

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She went on to say that there were a "few journalists left in the world" who want to continue to hash out her old feuds and behavior.

Student-athletes seeking to test the NBA Draft process may still do so under recent NCAA rules while still leaving the door open to returning to school, but this rule could have one unintended effect.

Prospective agents must now have a bachelor's degree, be NBPA certified for at least three consecutive years and in good standing, maintain professional liability insurance, and submit their application by September 30, according to the NCAA.

The requirement of a bachelor's degree has led some to refer to it as the "Rich Paul Rule". The rule has been coined the "Rich Paul" rule since it is seemingly aimed at the Klutch Sports agent. "Who knows? It's unclear why the NCAA would specifically target Paul", Owens wrote in an article on Tuesday.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic reported the NCAA sent a memo sent to agents on Monday regarding the new changes.

The new NCAA application also states the agents have to agree to cooperate with the governing body in connection with its investigations of any rule violations.

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