LeBron James appears to think that is the case.
On Tuesday night, James ripped the NCAA for enacting a rule that excludes his friend. "We were guided by recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball - which spoke with the agent and advisor community - that the NCAA certification process should be more stringent than current processes".
LeBron James blasted the announcement and followed suit on the social media outcry dubbing it the "Rich Paul Rule," accusing the NCAA of targeting the high-profile National Basketball Association agent who doesn't hold a college degree. Paul founded Klutch Sports and represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons and Draymond Green, among many others.
The NCAA released the following statement this evening, doubling down on the bachelor's degree requirement.
LeBron James isn't hiding his disdain for the NCAA's new requirements for agents who want to represent men's college basketball stars entering the NBA draft.
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According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, the NCAA created a new rule restricting which agents are allowed to work with college athletes.
"Did the NCAA specifically have Paul in mind when they set these new criteria?" The new conditions require agents to have a college degree and be certified for at least three years.
Sam Vecenie of The Athletic reported the NCAA sent a memo sent to agents on Monday regarding the new changes.
That led James to tweet out #TheRichPaulRule followed by another tweet accusing an unspecified "They" of being "mad" and "scared".
What is clear is that the NCAA is flexing more power over student athletes, which the organization refers to in the memo under these circumstances as "athlete clients" in the context of their relationship with prospective agents.