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Ray Allen Believes Players Should be Compensated to Play in Olympics

Kevin April 11, 2012 Rumors 3 Comments

Today must be national “Boston Celtics, how do you feel about the Olympics?” Day. Earlier, we gave you Rondo’s take on why he doesn’t want to play in the Olympics, and now Ray Allen gives his view.

“You talk about the patriotism that guys should want to play for, but you (need to) find a way to entice the guys,” Allen said. “It’s not the easiest thing in the world if you play deep in the playoffs and then you get two, three weeks off and then you start training again to play more basketball where it requires you to be away from home and in another country. It’s fun, but your body does need a break.

“Everybody says, ‘Play for your country.’ But (NBA players are) commodities, your businesses. You think about it, you do camps in the summer, you have various opportunities to make money. When you go overseas and play basketball, you lose those opportunties, what you may make… If I’m an accountant and I get outsourced by my firm, I’m going to make some money somewhere else.”

The U.S. Olympic Committee does provide every American with $25,000 for winning a gold medal, $15,000 for a silver and $10,000 for a bronze. But Allen, while not specifying an amount, has a way he believes could result in Team USA players drawing a fair salary.

“If it’s licensing,” Allen said. “(The players) are wearing jerseys and (others, but not the players, are) making money off it. Something (should be done) just to say to the guys, ‘Hey, you guys are spending this much time, 40 days, playing basketball, we’re paying for some type service that you provide, that you’re getting some kind of kickback’… I know that you sell unlimited jerseys so I think the players should get some piece of that.”

Source: FoxSports

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shannon-Green/100000018956620 Shannon Green

    You got to be kidding!  You shouldn’t have to be enticed to play for your country. You and Wade are so ridiculous. Always trying to profit off anything, if it’s possible.

    • Anklesnap

      And in this case its not! They better not start paying players to play for Team USA Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry Torch

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19907312 Kevin Bostwick

    what a crock, you make MILLIONS playing a freaking GAME and to support your country you want more cash than at minimum 10k? for like he said 40 days and getting 10k minimum and hes still saying they need to be compensated? what a joke i wish athletes like this would get seriously injured and no longer be able to play the GAME kids grow up dreaming of playing…