“I’ve had to been making the hardest choice of my whole, entire life: either stop playing sports or stop making videos,” De La Haye announced with a nearly eight-minute video on his YouTube channel Sunday.
While football had offered him “an extremely, extremely long way,” De La Haye explain he is still waiting on an answer from the NCAA and will continue making videos about his time at UCF, including football and — the most important point — excepting ad revenue from the YouTube channel.
“At the end of the day,” De La Haye said, “I believe in what I’m doing and I’m not stopping for anybody.”
With more than 65,000 followers, “Deestroying,” the UCF junior’s YouTube channel, has more than 3 million views, with some videos that have been viewed more than 270,000 times.
Sporting News reports that while UCF does not begin practice until late July – its first game is against Florida International Aug. 31 — De La Haye is taking payments from YouTube, which could make him eligible for immediate suspension.