That would be Justin Combs the son of none other than P Diddy himself. According to Forbes, P Diddy is worth $550 million.
Any problem with that? UCLA say this is okay bc state money is not used to fund athletic scholarships. These scholarships we are told “ are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters.”
But wait a minute. Isn’t state money used in part to pay Ben Howland $1.5 million to coach basketball, not to mention the salary of the football coach and salaries of the hundreds of other employees in the athletic department. This is a fair assumption given that the State of California has funded UCLA with taxpayer money from 13% to high as 37% of the total revenues reflected in UCLA’s budget.
Some of the revenue from ticket sales could be shifted to pay these state funded athletic department expenses. Then the saved taxpayer money could be used to close that $16 billion budget deficit; or how about this paying some of it to build some more prisons instead of turning prisoners free. Can even part-time St. Croix justify this boondoggle? I mean, really, giving a scholarship to a half billionaire’s son when the State can’t pay its bills is ridiculous.
In short, common sense says there ought to be an income limit for athletic scholarships.