That amateur status thing went out the window when Kobie and company showed up way back when.
Chris Everett, et al. I think it was the tennis people who ruined it first, or the pro boxers.
Pretty much agree. If they let even 1 professional athlete in even 1 event, then the whole entire “amateur” thing is gone, and they ought to allow anyone to get paid or to endorse any damn thing they want, REGARDLESS of their age. I was watching last night and they were going on about that young USA swimmer, and how she had to turn down endorsements etc. WTF man, if Apu can snap up a quarter mil for doing good with his BB gun, then it ought to be fair for some up and coming kid to get the Wheaties Box deal at 15. It’s all hypocrisy IMO.