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University of Central Florida kicker Donald De La Haye, who sent shockwaves through the college sports world last week when he announced he would soon have to decide between playing football and making videos for his popular YouTube channel, said Sunday he’ll leave that choice up to the NCAA and his school. The rising junior is refusing to back down from making advertising money off his “side job,” an activity a school compliance officer warned him violates college eligibility rules.
“At the end of the day, I’ve decided I’m going to continue making my videos. I’m gonna continue bringing love and positivity and joy and inspiration to all my viewers, all my followers, all my subscribers,” he said in the most recent video posted to his page, which now has over 66,000 subscribers, a 10,200 increase from last week. “I’m going to upload regularly to this channel. I’m not stopping that, I’m not demonetizing. I refuse to.
“So yeah, it’s out of my hands now. The decision is in the NCAA’s hands, whether they want to suspend me or whether they want to let me do me and keep running it up on the YouTube.”