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Should Combs accept UCLA's scholarship?

He earned it, take it

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

This ranks as one of the dumbest concocted "controversies" in the history of concocted controversies in new-world media.

Of course rich man mogul "Diddy" Combs could pay for son Justin's education at UCLA, but the fact is athletic scholarships are not give-aways ... they are to be earned. If my Daddy was as rich as Diddy, I'd want very much to make my own way in the world. That should be the story.

Billionaire Warren Buffett doesn't coddle his kids. Justin Combs, for all we know, worked hard to earn a football ride. He has a very good GPA. No tax dollars were used and, even if they were, so what? The only red flags in these types of stories are schools using celebrities and/or their off springs as part of package deals to lure promising recruits.

cdufresne@tribne.com

DB deserves reward

David Teel

Daily Press

So now the politically correct crowd wants to challenge athletic scholarships? Please.

Apparently Justin Combs is a pretty fair defensive back. A recent graduate of Iona Prep in New York, he earned offers from Illinois, Virginia and UCLA. The schools were perfectly justified in offering, he is equally entitled to accept UCLA's offer.

How many children of privilege do you think are on scholarship? Not just for football, but for basketball, tennis, music and math? Hundreds? Thousands? Should they compete and work pro bono the rest of their lives because Dad or Mom is successful? We teach our children to strive and work, and when they do, they deserve the reward.

dteel@tribune.com

Legit prospect worthy

Teddy Greenstein

Chicago Tribune

Yes, Justin Combs should forgo his UCLA scholarship. Right after Alex Rodriguez tears up his next Yankees check (direct despositing might make that a challenge) and Mark Zuckerberg forfeits shares of his Facebook stock.

Sean "Diddy" Combs' might be worth $475 million, but that doesn't mean his son has to pay some kind of college estate tax. Justin Combs is a legit prospect and excellent student who reportedly also drew scholarship offers from Illinois and Virginia.

After some opined that Combs should give up his $54,000-a-year ride, Combs defended himself on Twitter. He should not have felt the need to.

Nothing was handed to Combs. He earned his scholarship.

tgreenstein@tribune.com

It doesn't tax anyone

Desmond Conner

Hartford Courant

The real shame here is that this is even an issue at all.

So many student-athletes come from homes of wealth or are able to pay their own way to college. Why is this an issue now? Furthermore, why is it an issue with Diddy's son?

Justin Combs has been offered an athletic scholarship. There is a clear difference between an athletic scholarship, which is based on merit and doesn't take a dime of taxpayer money, versus a scholarship on a financial need basis. They are two different things and the latter doesn't concern Diddy's son.

If Justin Comb's isn't taking food off another kid's table then what's the problem? Mo money, mo problems, Diddy.

dconner@tribune.com

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