NEW YORK — Wilt Chamberlain says he was paid to play basketball at the University of Kansas in the 1950s, but the amount "would make it look like I was not worth very much" compared with the illicit payments to today's college athletes.
Noting allegations that Kenneth Davis was paid $38,000 to play football for Texas Christian University, Chamberlain said he got "one-tenth of that" at Kansas.
Chamberlain, in town Thursday to promote an advertising calendar for a cat-food maker, said the payment system was "much more sophisticated" than just giving an athlete cash.
"The boosters were delegated by a little group," he said. "They would say, 'OK, we will allow you, A, B and C, to go out and help to recruit Wilt Chamberlain, and you become like his godfather.'