Yesterday, news broke that Justin Combs, son of Sean Combs and Misa Hylton-Brim was awarded a football scholarship to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Apparently, Diddy’s first-born is something like a big deal on the gridiron and many schools were clamoring for his skills.

Although he stands at just 5’9, ESPN reports that 17-year-old Combs is a three-star recruit and the No. 8 prospect in New York. He’ll be playing cornerback with next year’s UCLA Bruin team.

In a press conference to announce his intent, Justin told reporters that he picked UCLA after visiting the campus. “It was like love at first sight when I visited there,” Combs said. “I loved the whole tradition of UCLA and the school and the academics and just everything about it.”

Diddy released a statement beaming with pride.

“As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life,” Sean Combs said in a statement released by DKC Public Relations. “This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.”

Although there is no doubt that Combs earned his spot on the team, some are wondering whether or not he should accept the free tuition considering his father’s wealth. As news of Justin Combs’ scholarship spread around the social networks, some suggested he attend the school and play for the team…on his father’s dime…and let someone else enjoy the free education.

But what do you think? Should Diddy pay for Justin Combs’ UCLA education and let someone else have the free ride or should he accept the free education and keep it pushing? Sound off!

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  • Ri

    I think it would be selfish if he did take the scholarship when he parents can afford to send him to school. There are too many potential students with talent, both academically or with sports (some more talented than baby Combs), who probably wont get to attend college because they cant find the money. I doubt he worked really hard to be great at football so he could go to school for free. He knew his expenses were already be taken care of, so he worked hard because he loved the game. I think taking the scholarship teaches the wrong lesson, that taking advantage of the system is ok when it isn’t.

    And to the above comment from TheBlackBelle “And yall are forgetting that’s how the rich stay rich! Who in their right mind would willingly pay for something they already got for free?!”

    Someone who is thankful for their blessings and is willing to help others, especially young people, reach their potential is someone “in their right mind who would pay for something they already got for free.” Condoning the rich to stay rich by manipulating a flawed system is morally wrong. That is why our economy is in the state its in now. The better logic would be to make your money work for you.

    If Sean Combs wants his son to take the scholarship, I think a way to make the money work for him is providing a full scholarship to another deserving student who doesn’t have the money. Then it could become a tax write off. See everyone wins!

    • Jenn

      I disagree. What, he shouldn’t be rewarded for his hard work and talent because his family has money? He earned the scholarship, plain & simple.

    • Jenn

      “If Sean Combs wants his son to take the scholarship, I think a way to make the money work for him is providing a full scholarship to another deserving student who doesn’t have the money. Then it could become a tax write off. See everyone wins!”

      Now that is a GREAT idea. Justin earned the scholarship and he should keep it without any shame. But Puff can also make an equivalent donation to the college’s scholarship fund to help other deserving students who are economically disadvantaged.

    • TheBlackBelle

      Disagree, once again. Another “financially needy” student will never receive this scholarship even if he did make the awful decision to give it back. If the said student is that skilled, trust me, the school will find a way to get him in there! D1 schools such as UCLA have an athletic fund that is factored in the school’s budget. It is not like he is being handed over a check for the cost of 4 years worth of tuition. The school is just missing an opportunity on making money, they are not losing any, which will in turn generate more revenue for them in the long run. Remember the school system in America is run like a business, rather than an institution of education. All that hard work and extra practicing he will be doing, half of it will solely to make the school look good! College athletes always get pimped for all their athletic skill, the least they can receive is free education (along with a check for the royalties the school gets because of them, but that’s another story!) And who said anything about manipulating an already flawed system? It was EARNED, he didn’t steal it, sneak it, hide it, or any of that. I’m just simply saying he shouldn’t cheat himself. Regardless of what his motivation was for playing well (needing money or just loving the game) should not matter. The end result was that he played to win and did just that. I don’t believe in counting other people’s pockets simply because the same money they have today could suddenly disappear tomorrow. And Diddy paying for another students tuition as a way to have a tax-write off is moral? O_0

  • Jenn

    This is a MERIT scholarship, which means he EARNED it. The fact that his family is wealthy does not take away from the fact that his athletic talent EARNED him the scholarship. What, he shouldn’t be rewarded for hard work because his family has money? He should keep the scholarship, plain and simple.

    • Ri

      where in this article or the original one on ESPN does it say this was a merit scholarship? A merit scholarship is awarded for academics, not for agreeing to play a sport. That is an important difference. As a student athlete there will be a million other perks he gets for playing well. I don’t think taking a scholarship when you can afford to pay for school is right because too many other people lose out. He isn’t going to that school because they gave him the best offer, according to the article it was the campus and school that he loved. People always complain when rich people take advantage of the system, this isn’t any different.

    • mikel

      @RJ

      You do realized that he had a 3.75 gpa, and is one of the top corners in the country. Not awarding this kid just because who he is would be discrediting the school system on one of the few cases they actually got correct

    • edub

      According to FinAid.org

      “Merit scholarships are typically awarded on the basis of academic, athletic or artistic merit, in addition to special interests. Some merit scholarships also consider financial need, but rewarding talent is the primary objective.”

      http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/winning.phtml

      So, it IS a merit scholarship.

  • Ginger

    he’s going have hella groupies! P.diddys kid AND a football player?

  • Stephanie

    Children of wealthy families EARN scholarships all the time. This is the first time I’ve seen it questioned whether or not the student should accept it because of their family’s wealth. I think we should just leave it as an accomplishment and congratulate the young man on his achievement.

  • DCO

    RI…..
    you don’t see don’t see the bigger picture here. Young combs is and has worked hard to carve his own way in this world without the stigma of being the son of a hip hop MEGA mogul. The focus shouldn’t be on if Justin should give the scholarship back or not. We should celebrate the fact that this young man is not falling into the stereotype of the typical rich kid. This young man is one of the best Athletes in the country. He worked his ass off in academics and Athletics. He deserves to be rewarded. I am a former Division I football player and its a great reward to earn a scholarship. I will leave u with this………Justin’s father is the billionaire……not Justin. Besides. He is a child. Let him find his own path in life.