For UNC basketball alumnus J.R. Reid, the question of whether student-athletes should be paid isn't a question at all.
"Hell yeah," Reid said during a speech Wednesday night.
The Carolina Sport Business Club hosted the basketball legend Wednesday night to discuss his experiences as both an athlete and sports entrepreneur. Reid was a professional basketball player in the NBA for 11 seasons.
The sports business club is a student organization dedicated to helping students of all majors assimilate into the sports industry.
Deborah Stroman, faculty advisor to sports business club and director of Sport Entrepreneurship at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, said she saw Reid as a valuable speaker for current students.
“He knows the value of a Carolina education, and his words really resonate to the students,” Stroman said.
Taylor Sharp, Carolina Sports Business Club co-president and junior Interdisciplinary Studies major, said he admires how Reid expanded his career in the sports industry beyond playing basketball.
“He has a very rich perspective on both sides of the spectrum, and while not everyone is an athlete, we can all be a part of the sports world,” Sharp said.
Reid also answered the questions posed to him by curious attendees. From inquiries about which coaching styles he preferred to questions about his 14-year ownership of Players Nightclub, Reid addressed every question with enthusiasm and gusto.