“Something Just Ain’t Right”: NFL Pro Bowler Takes Massive Shots Claiming WNBA And NASCAR “S*cks”

Published 04/09/2023, 10:08 PM EDT

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The NCAAW basketball championship ended. Many members of the NFL fraternity went on to comment. While some commented on the game itself, others commented on more contentious matters, like players’ earnings. Recently, O. J. Simpson took to Twitter to talk about the kind of money star players like Caitlin Stark and Angel Reese make as NCAAW players. He compared it to the money they can make in the WNBA. In the vein of the same thought, ex-Pro Bowler, Marcellus Wiley, took to his YouTube channel to mention it. However, Wiley did not mince his words.

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The ex-Dallas Cowboys’ defensive end spoke about his dislike for two sporting leagues, the WNBA as well as NASCAR. He got candid on his channel and said, “I declare that the WNBA s*cks and I know it does and that’s okay. Guess what else s*cks to me? I’m not a big fan of NASCAR all right. Y’all can love NASCAR great for you.”

While he didn’t offer any explanation for his dislike for NASCAR, he explained his ire towards the WNBA. Firstly, he went on to say, “The WNBA with all that notoriety and it is a pro-level but something is just a miss something something just ain’t right.” He also mentioned the kind of pay some of the athletes from the NCAAW stand to make if they decide to go pro.

Wiley showcased the contrast, albeit in a brutal manner, of the significantly larger sums college athletes are able to get through NIL deals. He also went on to name-drop players like Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese. Admittedly, as two of the most popular NCAAW basketball athletes right now, both of them are cashing in with NIL deals.

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The difference in pay for NCAAW players as compared to the WNBA

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While Wiley was not very kind about his dislike, he may have a point. Two of the best players of NCAAW basketball are currently getting paid an amazing amount while playing in college. For context, Caitlin Clark has already gone on to make close to $200,000 in her junior year. Through her NIL deals, Angel Reese has an expected NIL value of a whopping $392,000.

While these are two exceptional players that one would expect to go pro in the middle of their college education, they don’t seem to have a lot of incentive to do so. In comparison to their whopping NIL deals, a WNBA’s max contract would only give them a little more than $200,000 a season. With these numbers revealing an interesting story, Wiley’s explanation for his dislike makes sense.

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While the players haven’t yet declared for the WNBA draft, their probability of earning more money through NIL deals remains in college basketball. It only remains to be seen if they shock the world and decide to go pro in the WNBA.

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Aditya Rajput is a prime-time NFL writer at EssentiallySports, bringing his unique perspective to the world of football. With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Advertising from a prestigious university, Rajput uses his expertise in human behavior and decision-making to provide insightful analysis of the motivations and strategies of NFL athletes. Rajput is a passionate sports enthusiast who is particularly drawn to the legacy of Tom Brady, whom he considers to be the greatest quarterback in history.
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