Metta World Peace Talks Playing For Money While At St. John’s On ‘Seth Davis Show’

    Metta World Peace discusses playing for money while he was at St. John's during a "Seth Davis Show" one-on-one interview.

    January 28, 2016

    Metta World Peace discusses playing in money games while at St. John’s during a ‘Seth Davis Show’ interview. 

    Before he was a boisterous NBA player, Metta World Peace was Ronald William Artest Jr., a young kid from the Queensbridge projects in Queens, N.Y.

    Born in November of 1979, he was the oldest of three boys.

    As with many kids from Queens, World Peace grew up on the basketball court. From AAU to pickup games, it was not only a passion but also a means of making money.

    He recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with Seth Davis on Campus Insiders’ “Seth Davis Show,” where, among other things, he talked about how playing basketball for money helped him support his family, even while suiting up for St. John’s in college.

    “I’ve got to feed my children, so sometimes I would go play basketball for money,” World Peace said despite NCAA rules prohibiting athletes from accepting money. “You know, I’ll wake up and somebody would call me and they’d say I’ve got a money game for you in Uptown.

    “I’ll have a game at St. John’s, but I’ll get a call, somebody will have a money game for me. So I’ll go Uptown, Brooklyn, wherever I’ve got to go, play whoever I’ve got to play, you know, win that money, you know, and I split the money with the broker and I was able to do it like that.”

    Metta World Peace played for the Red Storm from 1997-99, but the need to put food on the table called him to the NBA early.

    “So after a while I said, you know, I can’t do my junior year, I’ve got to get out of here, and I went to the NBA.”

    World Peace’s situation is not uncommon. Countless athletes from all over the country face the same struggles. The commitment for some players to financially support their families greatly outweighs a college degree. It’s one reason for the growing noise surrounding NCAA athletes and monetary compensation.

    While the NCAA and universities are raking in millions upon millions in revenue every year, the “student-athletes” are faced with real-world issues. For some, like World Peace, they don’t have many, if any, options. Their talents provide a means of survival.

    There’s a population that will say he broke the rules, but those individuals need to put themselves in his shoes for a day. Just like World Peace, they’d have no choice but to play for money.

    After all, that’s what college athletes are doing anyways, except the money is going into the pockets of the NCAA and universities.

    FULL INTERVIEW: Metta World Peace Sits Down With The ‘Seth Davis Show


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