University of Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye may have to shut down his popular YouTube channel. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the college player isn't allowed to profit under NCAA rules and his content is monetized.
A sources tells the publication that the NCAA has not issued an ultimatum but stipulations suggest that he may have to choose between being a college athlete or making videos. UCF issued a statement on Monday when asked by the Sentinel about De La Haye's situation: "UCF Athletics is committed to rules compliance. Our compliance staff strives to make sure our student-athletes are informed about all pertinent NCAA bylaws. Student-athletes attend regular educational meetings regarding NCAA eligibility. One of our goals is to help our student-athletes learn about the bylaws that govern intercollegiate athletics, in an effort to help them maintain their eligibility.”
De La Haye took to his channel, which has over 56,000 subscribers, to share his dilemma about college sports versus YouTube. "Some people upstairs aren't happy about my videos," the junior says. "I don't know man. The NCAA...got that many rules." In the June 10 video, he says that he's meeting with a NCAA compliance officer. "I'mma do me. Ain't nobody stopping me, man."
The video (seen below) has over 113,000 views.