It's all about the Benjamins, baby.
Sean “Puffy” Combs’ matriculating son Justin committed to playing Division I college football for UCLA a little less than a year ago. At that time, Justin Combs received an athletic scholarship totaling about $54,000.
Since UCLA is a state school, the scholarship funds would have to come out of tax payer pockets. Given the ample means of the Combs family, you can see why more than a few California residents might find this a little disconcerting.
Not surprisingly, some California tax payers are now demanding that Justin Combs give back his athletic scholarship to make that money available for students with greater need.
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But not everyone is outraged. CNN education contributor Dr. Steve Perry doesn’t like the way the masses are strong-arming Combs into giving back the money. According to Perry’s analysis, Combs earned that money fair and square by graduating from high school with a 3.75 GPA while playing cornerback at an elite level.
"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," Perry said.
Combs, Sr. was recently named the wealthiest artist in hip-hop, earning over $45 million already in 2012. Despite the weight of the silver spoon in Justin Combs’ mouth, he has yet to indicate any plans to return his scholarship award.
What do you think? Does Justin Combs deserve his free ride as much as any other scholar athlete? Or does his family’s fortune preclude him from accepting public money?