(Tom Fornelli Via CBSSports.com)
Playing college football at USC is a bit different than playing anywhere else. First of all, you’re in Los Angeles, which is the second-largest media market in the country, and there’s no professional football team. So, in a way, if you play at USC, you are the professional football team. Even if you aren’t getting paid.
There’s also the celebrity culture that pervades the atmosphere of the city, so it’s not all that shocking to see that USC running back Marc Tyler wound up Friday on TMZ. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Tyler really seemed to enjoy hamming it up for the cameras and talking a bit more than he should.
In the video on TMZ’s website, Tyler makes a harmless joke about Kim Kardashian, but then goes on to say that the players at USC are paid more money than players in the NFL.
It’s pretty clear in the video that he’s kidding, but given that USC is already on probation and dealing with the NCAA, that’s probably not the best joke to be making on camera.
There’s also the fact that Tyler is already in trouble at USC for two alcohol-related incidents earlier this spring and is awaiting to be disciplined by the school. So, to show up on TMZ — TMZ claims Tyler is intoxicated in the video, but you can judge for yourself — and say the things he said, even if he’s only joking, doesn’t do much to help his case.
Hat tip: CFT