Former Central Florida Football Player Sues School over Scholarship Withdrawal

April 20, 2018

A former University of Central Florida football player is suing the school for allegedly rescinding his athletic scholarship due to compensation he received from his YouTube channel. Donald De La Haye accuses Central Florida of violating his right to free speech and denying him due process when the National Collegiate Athletic Association declared him ineligible for making money from his likeness and reputation on the website. De La Haye argues that the First Amendment protects his speech on social media platforms, and Central Florida took away his scholarship in an unreasonable manner since it was unrelated to his academic or disciplinary status, or his football performance.

More on De La Haye’s lawsuit against Central Florida is on the Inside Higher Ed website.