There is a long-running argument of whether or not scholarship athletes should receive a stipend for spending money. Many believe the free tuition, room and board are enough. Others argue they should receive something as they cannot have a job for spending money.
I am certain nobody believes they should supplement their income by selling drugs.
Four Texas Christian University football players, including one All-American, were among 17 students arrested as a result of a six-month investigation into illegal drug dealing on the Fort Worth, Texas campus.
The investigation is continuing and more student arrests are possible at the university, which has an enrollment of about 9,500.
The football players arrested were junior linebacker Tanner Brock, junior defensive tackle David "D.J" Yendrey; junior safety Devin Johnson and sophomore offensive tackle Ty Horn.
Brock is a standout player who was named a Phil Steele third-team All-American and a SportsIllustrated.com honorable-mention All-American. He registered nine tackles, including five solo tackles, in TCU's 21-19 win over Wisconsin in the 2011 Rose Bowl.
The 17 students arrested had sold drugs "hand-to-hand" to undercover officers. Drugs sold to officers included marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and a variety of prescription drugs.
The four football players are accused of selling marijuana to officers.
The arrested students were immediately removed from campus and face possible expulsion.
The TCU Horned Frogs football team has been one of the best in the nation in recent years and finished the 2011 season ranked No. 13 in the USA Today poll. TCU is set to join the powerful Big 12 Conference in July.
A controversy like this can set a football program back 10 years. Hopefully these young men and women will take a drug class, learn from their mistakes and resume a functional life.