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Gov. Bevin: top-tier college athletes deserve to be paid

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says top-tier college athletes deserve monetary compensation (source: TMZ Sports) Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says top-tier college athletes deserve monetary compensation (source: TMZ Sports)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin tells TMZ he believes college athletes should get paid.

Bevin was at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to take part in ceremonies honoring the late Rev. Billy Graham. 

When asked by TMZ reporters what he thought about the recent scandals in the college sports world, Bevin had this to say:

If you want to cut down on the amount of scandal that involves these kids, their parents, these shady agents and these squirrelly deals -- the key to do that is to come up with a structure whereby a kid who's a talent, who truly is capable of making it to the pros -- and barring an injury will -- set up a program where that kid can get paid to actually be the professional athlete he is, even at a young age.

Bevin went on to say he is a "firm believer" that students in the top-tier Division I programs should get paid, and that the money earned could serve as a fallback for players and their families if they get hurt or don't make it to the pros. 

Bevin also says the money would be fair compensation "for the fact that they are compromising a lot of their youth to get on a track, the end result of which is intended to be professional athletics." 

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