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?