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Taxpayers want Diddy’s son to turn over UCLA scholarship

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Last November, via a press release from a PR firm, the son of hip-hop mogul the son of Diddy/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy/Sean “Puffy” Combs announced that he was verbally committing to play football at UCLA.  In February of this year, Justin Combs, who played his high school football in New Rochelle, New York, made good on that verbal pledge by putting pen to paper on National Signing Day.

Now, the fact that a very rich man’s son will be utilizing a free scholarship has gotten some California residents’ unmentionables all wadded up.

A website called BusinessInsiders.com writes that “state taxpayers are calling on the well-heeled freshman to turn over his $54,000 scholarship to students who need it more.”  Just who those taxpayers are isn’t explained, although toward the end of the article the “Occupy Wall Street” movement’s rallying against tuition hikes at UCLA earlier this year is mentioned.

The argument appears to be that, since Justin Combs’ father is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the family should be compelled to pay for his schooling regardless of his athletic merit that led to the scholarship offer in the first place.

Fortunately, there’s a voice of well-reasoned sanity that can be heard above the inane howling.

“He’s done what he needs to do to be successful and in a meritocracy 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,” Dr. Steve Perry said during an interview on CNN. “There’s nothing free about a Division I athletic scholarship.  It’s 40 hours-plus of work on campus every single week in order to maintain that scholarship.  There’s nothing free about it, because this child will earn this. …

“This is about some people feeling that, because Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs has in fact been successful, that his child should not receive any form of support for his own ability. … We have to begin to celebrate success at some point in this country.  We can’t, as we say, hate on this brother (Combs’ dad) for his success or for his children for being able to be successful.”

Amen.

UCLA determined that Combs, a cornerback, was worthy of receiving one of the couple of dozen or so football scholarships it hands out annually.  Based on the Bruins’ evaluation of his football skills as well as what he brings to the academic side of the equation — a 3.75 high school GPA — what his father makes or doesn’t make literally means nothing when it comes to exactly what the younger Combs received: a merit-based scholarship.

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33 Responses to “Taxpayers want Diddy’s son to turn over UCLA scholarship”
  1. woebegong says: May 31, 2012 6:57 AM

    In light of the way that California spends money on half baked initiatives changing this and that to the tune of a 16 billion dollar deficit, that they are worried about a kid, getting a scholarship he deserves to entertain the colleges fans for the next 3-4 years. Doesn’t anybody realize in that state that if he is a star football player, in one year, watching him play will more than eliminate the cost of his scholarship.

  2. alligatorsnapper says: May 31, 2012 7:22 AM

    woebegong:

    Good post.

    May I add that “poppa” will attend all the games, with his huge entourage, pay for hotel rooms, luxury suite(s) at The Rose Bowl Stadium, caterers, liquor venders, limo services, and all the like, P. Diddy will keep many in the region employed, and contribute greatly to the taxes of the are, far more than making up with is expenditures, any taxes paid by the tax payers. In addition to the good sense that woebegong made in his posting, what is the beef here..short sighted tax payers?

  3. pdcooper08 says: May 31, 2012 7:27 AM

    I can’t beleive what I’ve read here. Are you kidding me, get a life. The kid earned a scholarship based on his abilities to play the game. If this position was put into effect, then would’nt Matt Barkley and Andrew Luck both be forced to have been walk on’s, or would they be exempt because there attended private Universities?

  4. woebegong says: May 31, 2012 7:41 AM

    I think misguided tax payers is more like it. Like you said, his participation on that team, will probably lead to a 10 fold return on the investment. I am no stock broker or financial investor by any means but I would have to say, in my opinion, that is one of the biggest returns on an investment around. It really has very little to do with California, or state schools, living within their means. Purely from a investment standpoint, unless this young man turns out to be a complete flop or suffers some kind of serious injury, UCLA can’t lose, nor can the state.

  5. raider2124 says: May 31, 2012 8:24 AM

    I find it ironic that puffy combs maybe one of the biggest hypocrites on the face of the earth. Reason being is that he 100% supports Obama. Obama is socialist who believes in the redistribution of wealth. So is it like all liberals, the rules don’t apply to them. There money is there money and the taxpayer money is there money. Being a conservative the kid earned the scholarship and should not be pressured into giving it up. On the other hand if you don’t believe in capitalism you shouldn’t accept it.

  6. sepl12 says: May 31, 2012 8:25 AM

    I agree that he has earned the scholarship, but at some point common sense and common decency has to be involved. He is worth millions and has zero financial need of the scholarship. However the world is about marketability and he should take advantage of the situation to build some for himself. He should accept the scholarship he earned, but then give an equal scholarship to an individual with financial need. He would get good press and form a base to try to earn a marketing deal if he can go pro.

    As for the luck and Barkley comments that if Combs has to pay they should to. Shut up. It’s not even comparable. Their parents are very wealthy his dad is a hip hop mogul. Your trying to compare hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions and you sound like an idiot.

  7. vincentbojackson says: May 31, 2012 8:26 AM

    Pretty sure Diddy will scratch a few checks over the years to support the school and/or athletic program. Those donations will save these tax paying cry babies a whole lot more than was spent on one scholarship.

  8. norcalirish says: May 31, 2012 8:35 AM

    They should give that scholarship money to an illegal immigrant so they will be able to pay their in-state tuition.

  9. billmead1976 says: May 31, 2012 8:41 AM

    1. Most complaining taxpayers don’t know the sorry state of ucla football and dont know that great recruits aren’t poundig the doors down to play at ucla.

    2. This is actually a great move by ucla. By the end of junior’s stay at ucla, i bet a large donation to ucla will happen. they could rename pauley pavillion to diddy’s doghouse for a cool hundred million or so.

  10. phillyb6 says: May 31, 2012 8:45 AM

    It’s good of Dr. Steve Perry to come out and defend the kid. Don’t stop believin’ bro! Hold on to that feelin’.

  11. normtide says: May 31, 2012 9:02 AM

    Lol, I too was wondering why Journey’s front man spoke up

  12. pdcooper08 says: May 31, 2012 9:17 AM

    sepl12: As for the luck and Barkley comments that if Combs has to pay they should to. Shut up. It’s not even comparable. Their parents are very wealthy his dad is a hip hop mogul. Your trying to compare hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions and you sound like an idiot.

    So there’s a difference now in the amount of money a kids parents have. Ya, I can compare the two. Who gets to make that decision of who has to much money and who doesn’t? The kid earned his Scholarship on his own merit, not his old mans. And who knows, maybe “PD” has plans to give back and donate larger amounts of cash. Time will tell. Either way, you can’t tell a person he has to pay for his kids full ride because you feel he has to much money.

  13. lottsmissingfinger says: May 31, 2012 9:35 AM

    Not sure why the idea of Diddy funding a needs-based scholarship for another student is receiving all thumbs-down.

    I know the kid has earned his scholarship but, if he were to allow his father to pay, wouldn’t it open up a scholarship that could be offered to another athlete? UCLA gets another much-needed body and Diddy pays his kid’s tuition with what amounts to the Saturday night bar tab for his entourage.

  14. CrimsonTribe says: May 31, 2012 11:02 AM

    Good for the kid. He deserves to get his scholarship and no one should be able to take it away from him. However, it would be a nice gesture for him to say “you know what, I’ve earned a spot on the team and I don’t need the scholarship. Why don’t you give it to someone else who needs it?” That’s a nice act of goodwill and it could potentially help the team by bringing in another scholarship level player. To be clear though, he should not be required to give it back just because he’s rich; he earned it fair and square.

  15. psublueandwhite says: May 31, 2012 11:34 AM

    It’s a no win situation for the kid and pops.

    If he takes the scholarship he looks like a greedy, spoiled brat and his dad looks greedy and cheap.

    If he doesn’t take it, when UCLA would of clearly used one of their limited scholarships on him, then others would deem it unfair that they are essentially getting an extra scholarship level player without even having to pay for it.

    All he can do is to go out, play hard, be a positive voice for the school and a model student.

  16. barbeaux says: May 31, 2012 11:42 AM

    The kid earned it. Let him have it. Are these same people also demanding that lawmakers that are rich turn down their tax payer fueled salaries?

  17. kozbee says: May 31, 2012 11:55 AM

    norcalirish says:May 31, 2012 8:35 AM

    They should give that scholarship money to an illegal immigrant so they will be able to pay their in-state tuition.
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    @ norcalirish

    Nor imo an illegal should become a citizen first then ask for a scholarship,they dip enough don`t they.And as for Justin it has nothing to do with who his daddy is imo at least he will be playing ball for the scholarship.And while we`re on the subject of this scholarship then why arent these taxpayers out complaning about the illegals getting all the freebees in the state of California.

  18. franklamar17 says: May 31, 2012 12:01 PM

    If they start doing that what about all the kids that get scholarships and there parents are loaded.trust me there are many many kids getting them and there parents are loaded…he earned it.

  19. thekatman says: May 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    The issue that everyone is missing is that a scholarship student athlete is treated differently than a “walk on” athlete. If the kid refuses the schollie and changes his status to a “walk on” player, then he will not be able to participate fully and completely in all football activities. yes, there is a difference, and if the kid is good enough to be awarded a schollie, then that’s the way it is. that schollie money is not taken out of the general student scholarship fund. it is funded via the athletic department. This is true of any school, whether public or private.

    This is why Barkley isn’t giving up his schollie for another player to be brought into the team at USC. There are reduced benefits for non-schollie players.

    What some coaches do is bring in a “walk on” player as a “preferred walk on”, which means, you pay for your first year of school, you will play, practice and be a part of the team, then next year, I’ll award you a schollie. USC has to do this because of the limitation of 15 schollies to be awarded per year for the 2012, 13 and 2014 seasons, to a maximum of 75 schollies per year until the end of the 2014 season.

    Hope this helps the folks who do not understand how and why schollies are given out to SA’s.

    btw: Our 75 is better than your 85.
    Fight On brothers and sisters.
    Beat everybody, especially the NCAA.

  20. bozosforall says: May 31, 2012 2:05 PM

    norcalirish says:
    May 31, 2012 8:35 AM
    They should give that scholarship money to an illegal immigrant so they will be able to pay their in-state tuition.

    __
    And maybe Joseph Banigan (1839-1898), the first Irish-American millionaire in the state of Rhode Island, should have given scholarship money to all of illegal Irish immigrants of the 19th century.

    STHU, irish idiot.

  21. thekatman says: May 31, 2012 2:21 PM

    Come on folks.
    When will the liberal folks understand that you cannot provide US benefits to illegals. They’re illegal for a reason and don’t deserve to receive any sort of benefits that American citizens enjoy. they must go through the process first. it’s the illegals in this state that are significantly contributing to the State of CA’s budget deficits, and CA residents are having to pay the cost of this travesty through higher taxes. CA is already taxing us at 11% and Gov Brown wants to increase it just to fund all the entitlement programs. Is that what you folks want?

    If so, soon the middle class in this state will be moving out of state as well as business. Then everyone can live on the government teat, and live like the folks in North Korea live… gov subsidised housing, utilities and food… and ya know what? it isn’t a pretty picture.

  22. teambringitstrong says: May 31, 2012 2:35 PM

    raider2124 says: May 31, 2012 8:24 AM

    I find it ironic that puffy combs maybe one of the biggest hypocrites on the face of the earth. Reason being is that he 100% supports Obama. Obama is socialist who believes in the redistribution of wealth. So is it like all liberals, the rules don’t apply to them. There money is there money and the taxpayer money is there money. Being a conservative the kid earned the scholarship and should not be pressured into giving it up. On the other hand if you don’t believe in capitalism you shouldn’t accept it.
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    SHUT UP

  23. nightrain42 says: May 31, 2012 3:39 PM

    Hey idiot President Obama has nothing to do with this. The kid earned his scholarship. Athletic scholarships have nothing to do with financial need. If it did, most of us would get them.

  24. jsto9 says: May 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    I don’t care about anything in this article except the complete awesomeness of that uniform. Semper Fi

  25. raider2124 says: May 31, 2012 5:09 PM

    Teanbringisstrong. That’s all you hot. You must love getting handouts because your to lazy to work. D-bag

  26. sdills83 says: May 31, 2012 5:15 PM

    It goes both ways. When I was in school, my father made a lot of money but refused to pay a dime for my college. As a result, I sit on a mountain of student loan debt because I didn’t qualify for assistance, the qualifying criteria being my fathers W2. I want privy to my fathers money, but it dictated my future. Pretty Awesome.

  27. blacc24 says: May 31, 2012 5:56 PM

    Ppl act like he is the first celebrity child to get a scholarship. Jordan’s son got one and I’m pretty sure there are a couple millionaire children with scholarships out there. How many athlete kids get scholarships.

  28. thraiderskin says: May 31, 2012 6:03 PM

    HA! californians…. They’ll pay for illegal immigrants to get free education, but they’ll be damned if a man takes a scholarship, just because his daddy is rich.

  29. bbk1000 says: May 31, 2012 6:45 PM

    P. Diddy, P. Daddy, D!ck Sh!itty, who cares who his father is, if the kid earned it he should get the scholarship…

  30. dgbk says: May 31, 2012 7:41 PM

    i might get some thumbs down but its easy to see wat the issue is…. i dont believe its a race issue but thats a factor.. but this is more of a career issue… the hip-hop star kid has to pay.. which is sad because like many said he earned it if he was crappy he wouldnt have been offered…. i have never seen any actor, poltician, or former athelete kid attacked like this… … and for those sayin diddy should pay and free up a spot…. maybe the kid dont want that maybe he wants to be his own man and use wat he earned

  31. psychotim says: May 31, 2012 9:16 PM

    What everybody is missing is that the University of Iowa showed interest in him — I can just imagine the triumvirate of Diddy, Tom Arnold, and Ashton Kutcher at Kinnick…

  32. pdcooper08 says: May 31, 2012 10:03 PM

    thekatman says: Well said, I couldn’t have stated it better.

  33. burntorangehorn says: Jun 6, 2012 9:32 PM

    raider2124 says:
    May 31, 2012 8:24 AM
    I find it ironic that puffy combs maybe one of the biggest hypocrites on the face of the earth. Reason being is that he 100% supports Obama. Obama is socialist who believes in the redistribution of wealth. So is it like all liberals, the rules don’t apply to them. There money is there money and the taxpayer money is there money. Being a conservative the kid earned the scholarship and should not be pressured into giving it up. On the other hand if you don’t believe in capitalism you shouldn’t accept it.
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    Sigh…here’s a whole lotta stupid going on in this thread.

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