Mother of Former Duke Player Wendell Carter Compares NCAA to “Slavery,” Says it Should be Disbanded

Kylia Carter
Kylia Carter

The mother of former Duke basketball player Wendell Carter does not like the fact that her son played college hoops for years — put in the time and training — and got nothing from the NCAA for it.

Kylia Carter spoke to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday in Washington, D.C. The commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, recently released a report following an FBI investigation into NCAA corruption.

Here’s what Mrs. Carter said:

“When you remove all the bling and the bells and the sneakers and all that you’ve paid for a child to come to your school to do what you wanted them to do for you, for free, and you made a lot of money when he did that, and you’ve got all these rules in place that say he cannot share in any of that. The only other time when labor does not get paid but yet someone else gets profits and the labor is black and the profit is white, is in slavery.

“To be honest with you, it’s nauseating.”

She later told ESPN:

Should the NCAA be removed? Yes, because I don’t trust it,” she said. “You’re not to be trusted because your intentions are clear. Let’s call this group in the middle, let’s call it something else. Let’s put some real reform in there and call it something different and get rid of the current status quo because it’s based on indentured servitude.

In addition to being paid and a share in NCAA profits, Carter also said she wanted colleges to assign every NCAA player a personal academic adviser who would ensure that they get the education that is supposed to be their “payment” for playing sports for the school.

–Joshua James