UCF kicker Donald De La Haye has a pretty well-liked YouTube channel.
Over the past year or so, his videos, some of which offer an inside view at what it’s like to be a college football player, hold accumulated more than 2 million views while the channel itself boasts more than 50,000 subscribers.
Despite the success, he may hold to stop posting videos after a recent visit to the school’s compliance office.
In his most recent video, titled “Quit College Sports or Quit YouTube?,” De La Haye explained that because he makes money from advertisements on his videos he may not be able to continue creating them while maintaining his eligibility because the NCAA does not allow student-athletes to profit from their own likenesses.
“Some people upstairs aren’t tickled with my videos, and they feel like I’m violating NCAA rules,” he said in the video. “I guess I can’t beget any videos that beget it obvious that I’m a student-athlete, because that makes it seem like I’m using my likeness and my image to beget money and complete this, which I’m really not.”
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Later in the video, apparently after the compliance assembly, De La Haye’s hope that there could be a compromise of continuing with both — making the videos and steering clear of any NCAA violations — didn’t recede as he would hold liked.
“Basically, I’m not allowed to beget any money off my YouTube videos,” he explained. “I’m working tough, basically like a job, filming, editing, coming up with ideas, doing things of that sort. And I’m not allowed to beget any money. whether I execute, dismal things happen.
“I feel like they’re making me pick between my passion and what I care for to execute — beget videos, entertain, be creative and my other passion, playing football. I’ve really got some decisions to beget and not a lot of time to beget those decisions.”
De La Haye, UCF’s kickoff specialist the past two seasons, explained how much of a passion the creative process has been for him and how it breaks his heart that he may hold to choose one or the other. He does not specify whether he would hold to stop posting videos altogether or just ones that showcase himself as an NCAA athlete.
He also expressed frustration that he is not allowed to “rep any benefits” from the work he puts into his videos.
“It’s really tough. I’m not doing anything wrong,” De La Haye said. “I’m not making money illegally. I’m not selling dope. I’m not kidnapping people or robbing people. I’m not selling my autographs for money. I’m not sitting here getting Nike checks and Nike deals and complete these sponsorships. I’m literally filming stuff. I’m sitting here, editing things on my computer for hours and developing my own brand. I station in the work, and I’m not allowed to rep any benefits from the work.”
De Le Haye, who was born in Costa Rica before his family moved to Florida, mentioned that some of the money he makes is sent domestic to attend his family pay bills.
“My family’s struggling at domestic,” he said. “(A lot of) people living in my house. Tons of bills piling up and there’s no way for me to attend. I thought I found a way.”
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