NewsRich Paul Talks Challenges As A Black Man In Sports Business

Rich Paul Talks Challenges As A Black Man In Sports Business

A trailblazer, Paul’s made his own way to creatie $4 billion for his clients at Klutch Sports Group, a roster that is a veritable who’s-who across the American sports landscape.
When Cane asked Paul pointedly about white American athletes in his portfolio, Paul hinted that there is a difference between the way white European basketball players look at Paul versus the way white American players view him. Paul would go on to confirm that he has no white American basketball players who he or his agency represents because of the way they seem to view him.

“That’s accurate, yeah. Now that’s not necessarily, you know, when we think about that, we’re not, it’s not international players because international players actually have a different outlook on it. And I represent an international player, Jusuf Nurkic. He’s from Bosnia, so he has a different outlook on it,” explains Paul. “But if you grew up in, you know, Indiana or Georgia or, you know, or Oklahoma, or even Ohio for that matter. Yeah, no.”
Paul also said that he thinks the difference is because white American basketball players don’t seem to trust Black sports agents. But he did clarify that he has white American athletes in his portfolio, but they are not basketball players. 

Paul is on a media blitz of sorts to promote his new memoir, Lucky Me, which chronicles his rise from street hustler and drug dealer to the right hand man of LeBron James, who he met during a chance encounter at an airport.

“So as I got into writing the book I started to feel better, I started to kind of share some of those moments and release that trauma that was built inside. You know, growing up how we grew up, we didn’t understand or even know what it was like to have a therapist and things like that and it was really nobody to be vulnerable with,” he says.

“But Jeff Bezos is a hustler, think he’s not? Phil Knight was the ultimate hustler. The difference is, they could go with their plan and their business idea, and get someone to believe in them. It didn’t matter what idea I had, there’s no pathway to get there,” Paul pointed out.

Source: Black Enterprise


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