Former USC tailback Reggie Bush said paying college athletes will “destroy some people” if they do not have a good foundation during an interview with Playboy.com.
“They’re about to start paying college athletes,” Bush said. “This is something that has never been experienced before, and it’s going to destroy some people if their foundation is not in the right place.
“The one thing I wish I had early in my career is proper financial knowledge. I hired good agents, and I hired a good team. But I allowed that good team to make decisions for me. I’m not saying I’m going bankrupt, but if I had the proper knowledge back then, some things would be different.
“People just assume, “Well, you got all this money, so you’re good.” It’s actually the opposite. The more money you have, the more danger you’re in. Because now you’re a freaking open target for a lot of people. It’s a nasty world out there, and it’s about to get nastier. You’re going to really start to see the true colors of a lot of people, and a lot of businesses too. You’re going to see people doing some crazy stuff to make money, because our market is crashing.”
Bush, at least, should be OK financially. A court ordered the Rams to pay him $12.5 million in 2018 for a knee injury he suffered at a game in St. Louis when he slipped on a hard surface.