Your Dad is Puff Daddy? NO COLLEGE FOR YOU!

P. Diddy has clearly never seen a one dollar bill before

I was creeping on my Facebook page yesterday when someone posted this business insider article about Puff Daddy’s son playing football at UCLA. Here’s the opening paragraph to the article…

Less than a year after P. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, committed to play football at UCLA, some consumers are raising questions over whether the well-heeled freshman should turn over his $54,000 scholarship to students who need it more.

P. Diddy is obviously not struggling. In fact Forbes listed Diddy’s net worth at about $550 million, making him the wealthiest hip-hop mogul alive.

So the question stands: Should UCLA rescind their scholarship offer?

My opinion? HECK NO!!!

First and most important, this was a merit-based scholarship. It was not a financial aid package. He qualified for the $54,000 scholarship because he is a freakin’ good athlete and graduated high school with a 3.75 G.P.A. I think this quote sums it up best, “”He’s done what he needs to do to be successful and in ‘Ameritocracy’ we have to accept that no matter who your father is, whether he be rich, poor or absent, that you can in fact be successful on your own merit.”

If Justin has earned the scholarship, he’s earned the scholarship. It’s as simple as that. We shouldn’t diminish the significance of what he has accomplished simply because his dad is a famous rapper. Could we encourage Justin to consider donating the scholarship to another athlete in greater need? Sure, but that’s a choice he gets to make, not one we, or the school, should make for him.

That’s my two cents at least. What say you? Should his family tree matter?

31 thoughts on “Your Dad is Puff Daddy? NO COLLEGE FOR YOU!”

  1. I absolutely agree with you. He earned it, therefore he should get it. We can’t judge people on their background if we want to be fair.

    I think he will donate it over, but if he doesn’t I don’t think any less of him. It must be hard living in your fathers shadow, trying to live a normal life. He earns something great and instead of being congratulated, he is criticised because he doesn’t need it. I feel sorry for the guy…

  2. Good for him for getting the grades and working on his athletic skills to qualify for the scholarship. I agree that he should decide what to do.

  3. I agree… he worked hard and earned it. If he were to donate it, that would be awesome, but as other’s have noted, it’s his decision.

  4. I totally agree, man. He earned it and deserves it. If he decides that he wants to turn that money over to another struggling student, then he can, but that’s all up to him. He earned that money with his brains and athleticism…. hard work pays off! He shouldn’t be “penalized” so to say, because of who his daddy is.

  5. NINJA!!! I could not agree more. He EARNED that scholarship and he should get it. Just because his father is the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy doesn’t mean that he has access to his father’s money. Perhaps this kid wants to make it on his own without his Dad’s help. Let him keep the scholarship!

  6. He absolutely should NOT!

    So first people blast his dad for being in the 1%, then they blast his son for his tremendous success?

    I truly hate the financial envy of this country. It’s pathetic.

    If his father wants to give him the choice to give it up, that’s between him and his dad.

  7. It depends…

    If he was signed as a “package deal” to get a stud athlete then he probably should (See Percy Miller and Demar Derozen). But that really isn’t he fault as much as a systemic issue with the NCAA.

    But from what I can tell he earned it, so he should keep it.

  8. I agree to a point. Because he did earn the scholarship based on his own hard work, he is most certainly entitled to it. However, because he comes from a family with plenty of money, it would be a good deed on his part to suggest the scholarship go to another hard working, deserving individual who doesn’t have access to that kind of money and may have been passed up for a scholarship.

  9. He earned it, he should keep it. It is nice to give back to those who need it but it’s a choice. That picture is super funny btw.

  10. Presuming his son graduates, P ditty can donate some money that materially exceeds the value of the scholarship. There could be a P ditty stadium or he could establish a scholarship for deserving kids.

  11. While I absolutely don’t follow college basketball (and nearly absolutely don’t follow the NBA), and so I might be talking out of my butt, is there any question as to whether Combs is a good enough player to play at the college level? I mean, I’m sure UCLA basketball isn’t hurting, but I have to imagine that the addition of a rap star’s son to the roster helps fill seats.

  12. I’m pulling this out of my ass, so bear with me a minute…

    What if Diddy decided that he wants to teach his son a lesson in responsibility and accomplishment? What if he told the junior Combs that he would have to earn his way into college, either through athletics or academics, or both? If anyone doesn’t know, Diddy dropped out of Hampton U (I think) to go work with Arista records under Andre Harrell, starting out at the bottom and working his ass off until he got his own label and yada yada yada. He earned his position, so maybe he is just trying to instill that drive and determination in his kid.

    If that is the case, then people should be lauding this situation from all angles. Even if it isn’t, the terms of this free ride are clear and repeated abundantly: it’s not need based, so what is the big deal? The players bitching and moaning should have probably put in more time in the weight room, the practice field, and the library if they feel offended by this.

  13. Bah! He can go to college either way. To me, all this highlights is the evil that is college sports. Some kid with a considerably higher GPA is going to go into debt slavery so we can woo a millionaires kid into risking his fine brain to utterly pointless brutality that will probably give him concussions, all for the entertainment/distraction of the masses using temporary testosterone surges from vicarious violence to distract themselves from their lives.

  14. A FB friend of mine posed this same question and I basically said the following: Since it is merit based, he absolutely should be able to keep it. He earned it. God forbid that he earned something on his own and not ride on daddy’s coat-tails.

    It would be cool is dad would donate an equal amount to reward to another student. But that’s certainly not required.

  15. No it should not be taken away!

    He earned it — and who’s to say dad’s helping him anyway? If I’m a millionaire when I’m older, my kids will never know it. They’re definitely not going to be spoiled by it, and as adults they’ll be responsible for funding their own lifestyles. I’ll pay their tuition for university, but they’ll be responsible for other costs and they will NOT get to live at home for free indefinitely, they will NOT get a free car, etc.

  16. it’s just a way for the media to villify the wealthy. The boy worked his butt off. It would be an awesome jesture to give it away. But I am completely ok with him taking it.

  17. Is it even really possible to just “give it to someone else”? I don’t think financial aid awards from schools work that way. I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt UCLA will suddenly call up some other kid and say “Hey someone gave up their scholarship, we’re giving it to you.”

    A friend of mine wanted to go to a private liberal arts school out of state, so she knew she would need a decent award to make it work. She got her award letter and it wasn’t enough. She called the financial aid office and said she really wanted to go there, but just couldn’t afford it with their offer. They gave her an extra $5000 in aid every year just by asking.

    My point is that I don’t think the school screwed someone else over by giving the kid a scholarship he doesn’t need.

    • I think it’s safe to assume that if Justin declined the scholarship offer, the money WOULD go to another person. UCLA gives out 286 “full ride” scholarships each year to it’s various athletes. That doesn’t necessarily mean 286 people get full tuition paid. Could be like 150 get full rides and then the 136 scholarships are split up in to half and quarter scholarships.

      Point is, UCLA gives equivalent of 286 full rides out to their athletes each year. Whether Justin chooses to accept his scholarship remains to be seen.

      • The issue is that football is a “head count sport” according to the NCAA. Only 85 players on the football team can be receiving scholarships at any one time. The NCAA has limits for EVERY sport and EVERY program at EVERY school will use every dollar of financial aid that the school will allow. If one player turns down the money, it will go to another player. That may be a walk-on who has earned the scholarship or it would go to another incoming recruit.

        The best thing for the UCLA program would be for Combs to pay to go to the school (since the cost will be easy for the family to cover) and for the scholarship to go to a more athlete with more need. It would allow UCLA to have a larger pool of players and might help them actually challenge USC for football supremacy in southern California.

  18. None of this would even reach the headlines were it not that the costs of a college education are skyrocketing out of control, and young people are graduating with as much debt as a small mortgage and severely constricted job opportunities.

    The individual situation is that the kid was apparently offered a scholarship based solely on merit, and if that’s the case I would agree he’s entitled to it regardless of family background.

    “We can’t judge people on their background if we want to be fair.” No, we can’t. But while everybody here is sticking up for the poor little rich boy, other students who meet the admission requirements but haven’t been given scholarships are starting their lives in a spiral of debt from which they may never emerge. This is fair?

  19. While I’m tempted to say he ought to give it back, because his P-Daddy can obviously afford it, that’s not actually the issue. I’m more annoyed by the idea that a school is going around giving out scholarships (merit-based or not) to people who clearly have no need for them. It’s all about the publicity that having P-Diddy’s son will net them; they call it an investment. Well, it’s certainly smart on their part to grab that media attention, but it’s not so smart to piss off all the “have-nots” that also attend their school, and who have to pay their own way. So I’m still torn, but I don’t think it’s Justin’s fault that he’s caught in the middle. Still, it’d be a nice gesture if he and his dad were all, “Thanks, UCLA, but what if we give the money back AND funded a Justin Combs scholarship for low-income students of color instead?” Not gonna happen, I suspect, but we can dream.

    In other news, I wanted to let you know I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award at my ninja vs. pirates blog. You can check out the deets here:

  20. I get so aggravated by this bull honkey! All these overgrown kids want rights but so few of them want the responsibility. Why is it that we base financial aid off of parental income until age 24? Why should adults be allowed to stay on their parents health plan until age 28? Grow up! Prioritize what you need and want then go find it! Don’t wait for someone to hand it to you!

    Priviledged or not, Justin is a man, not a child. If he was able to get this scholarship on his own merit then I say kudos to him! Who are you or I to take what this man earned and give it to someone else? Who his father is shouldn’t matter. If Justin killed someone would we ask his father to foot the bill for that too? Nah, you do the crime you serve the time. That’s what’s wrong with all these 99% folks. You spend all your time worrying about what other people have rather than figuring out how to go earn your own.

    …And so goes the soap box.

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