Nate Robinson claims Washington booster offered him $100K to play football

Robinson was a defensive back for Washington as a freshman, playing in 13 games with six starts, before focusing on basketball.

Kahron Spearman

In Sports Illustrated's "Holdat" podcast, 11-year NBA player Nate Robinson and former All-Star Carlos Boozer discussed instances the two were offered benefits as collegiate athletes. 

Robinson claims "$100,000 per year" was offered to him by a prominent booster to return to football. After playing 13 games - with six starts - he left after his freshman season to focus on basketball.

"When they fired (former Washington head coach) Rick Neuheisel my freshman year that made it easy for me to make my decision to quit and go play basketball, which I wanted to do anyway," Robinson explained.

For my three years at UW, I had a booster offer me $100,000 per year to come back and play football because they needed Nate Robinson back on the football field because we werent winning any games, it wasnt exciting. It was crazy, we went through a dark age at the University of Washington. When Tyrone Willingham was the coach years later, we didnt win not one game. It was just crazy.

He went on to say he had a conversation with his mother, ultimately deciding to not accept the offer.

A statement published by The Seattle Times, the Washington athletic department denied knowledge of what Robinson described.

“The events described by Nate Robinson had not been reported to our department in any way, and were new information to us this morning, the school said.

The paper also caught up with Rick Neuheisel at the upcoming NFL scouting combine, and he also claims to be unaware of Robinson's claim.