After listening to the Reggie Bush podcast yesterday, I felt like I usually do about Bush: A star athlete still in denial and unwilling to take accountability for his actions.
Bush admitted his family took money in the podcast. So why didn’t he simply pay back the $300,000 Lloyd Lake claimed he was owed? Instead, Bush let Lake sue him and settled in 2010. But by then, the case went public and the NCAA spent years investigating the case and was ready to levy its harsh sanctions.
Bush’s refusal to settle also led to the downfall of his friend/position coach, Todd McNair.
But the part of the podcast that really bothered me were the comments by its host, former NFL running back Arian Foster.
“Why would you even cooperate (with the NCAA)?” Foster asked.
When Bush said he felt a responsibility because USC was “catching heat,” Foster said, “You gave them 2 national championships and a Heisman, they still owe you. I would have told every single one of them, f— you.”
What Foster neglects to consider is that Bush’s actions hurt the 2010 and 2011 USC teams that were barred from post-season play. It wasn’t just about Bush, it was about players being punished who had nothing to do with Bush taking money.
How selfish of Foster to ignore them. And Foster also failed to consider USC lost 30 scholarships over three years. How many recruits dreamed about going to USC but settled for another school because there were no scholarships available.
These innocent victims don’t matter to Foster . . . or Bush, apparently.
“The people at the university bailed on me,” Bush said. “Coaches bailed on me.”
Yes, Reggie, you are the one who is the real victim.