Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the latest in the sports world to rip the NCAA. LeBron called out the NCAA as a “corrupt” organization Tuesday while addressing the recent FBI probe into corruption in collegiate basketball.
James, who skipped playing on the college level to become the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers, had a lot to say during the Cavaliers’ morning shootaround when he spoke to members of the media for roughly 17 minutes.
“The NCAA is corrupt, we know that,” James told reporters Tuesday while discussing the FBI investigation — first reported by Yahoo Sports — that found multiple universities offered monetary incentives to prospective players for them to sign with their program. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”
"I don't know if there's any fixing the NCAA. I don't think there is," James said Tuesday. "It's what's been going on for many, many, many, many years. I don't know how you can fix it. I don't see how you can fix it."
The three-time NBA champion and basketball's biggest star advocated an expansion of the G-League, the NBA's developmental league, and transforming it into a "farm system" as a way to combat the NCAA's corruption.
"Every NBA team has to have its own farm system," he said. "I think we're almost there but not quite there yet. … We're getting there. The G-League is doing — I clap and commend what we're doing with that."
James is the most recent sports figure to speak out against the NCAA, joining Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy as perhaps the most vocal.