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Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

Posted on: September 26, 2010 12:56 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Albert Haynesworth will not stop being annoying and controversial. We need to accept that as a fact. Still, his latest comments about not being "for sale or a slave or whatever" because he signed a contract are pretty ridiculous.

And the Redskins agree -- according Adam Schefter, a team executive apparently said that his most recent comments "may have been the most offensive thing Haynesworth has ever said."

You know what? I think this anonymous Redskins exec is pretty spot on.

Signing a contract makes you an "employee" which is a fact about life that should be obvious. It has nothing to do with slavery, and really, invoking that comparison (especially if the invoker is making over $100 million) is offensive to everyone, regardless of race.

Given the way in which Haynesworth and the team have battled ever since Mike Shanahan's been hired, don't be shocked if this just pushes the Redskins closer to removing him from the roster.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 4:06 pm
 

Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

Look at AH's quotes.  The guy can't even speak english.  He's not educated and his words and actions are even less educated.  He's fat, out of shape and a poor example of an employee, teammate and player.  Disgraceful.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2010 4:04 pm
 

Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

Look at AH's quotes.  The guy can't even speak english.  He's not educated and his words and speech are even less educated.  He's fat, out of shape and a poor example of an employee, teammate and player.  Disgraceful.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2010 3:43 pm
 

Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

You are a moron, AlamedaSteve.  But I'm sure you already knew that.



Since: Jun 15, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

I would just add, that while all pro sports could be considered monopolies, let's never forget the fact that these are sports and the athlete's are playing a game for a living!  The principle is the same with any employer.  If you don't like what they have you do, go work for someone else.  The athletes chose to work in a highly exlcusive and competitive field.  While the employment opportunites in a sport are limited, work is not exclusive.  If you work for a name-brand company or franchise and don't live up to you contract, you get fired.  There are many companies that have contracts which inlcude an clause that keeps you from working for a competitor for a period of time.  The result is similar.

AH could have chosen not to accept the $30M in April and forced a trade.  Instead, he chose to accept the money - after being told "don't take it unless you are willing to come and work under our terms" and now he wants to be compared to a slave?  Even if he never plays another down of football, he will made more money than 99.9999% of the earth's population will in a lifetime.  Slave - NO!  Take your money and go do something else - anything - sit by the pool and listen to music for the rest of your life.

As a Redskins fan for many years, I would be okay if the sat his butt down for the rest of the years on his contract and didn't play him.  Just because we have to eat his contract doens't mean we have to be -as AH claimed- slaves to making him happy.  He already has the money.  Play to your ability or go sit quietly in a corner.



Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2010 2:40 pm
 

Redskins not pleased with Big Al's slave comments

AH is a disgrace!!! I'm a teacher making 70k and I would gladly, happily, and joyfully accept all job descriptors in a contract for 100 million!!! He is clueless about commitment and reality!! He has insulted all the fans that pay hard earned money to watch the game, all the players that have come and sacrificed before him, and insulted all African-Americans! I hope he never plays another down and forfeits his money back to the organization.



Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Will Brinson?

Who in the world is Will Brinson?  He can't even use his own work.  He quotes Adam Schefter, quoting an unnamed (cowardly) team executive.



Since: Mar 14, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2010 1:55 pm
 

Why you need to draft well / Contract discussion

So many NFL teams feel that free agency can make you, but drafting is simply more important.

Haynesworth plays 7 good years for Tennessee, stay out of trouble for the most part (minus the head stomping incident to the Cowboys player), asks for too much money, and Tennessee lets him go.

The Skins pick him up, pay him a lot and he brings two things 1) a needs improvement attitude 2) a lack of production.

Edgerrin James plays great for years, gets paid to go to Arizona, and he physically falls apart.

What do good teams do? The Colts get rid of a lot of players last year to clear cap space, but they draft well- and they go to the superbowl. The Pats always seem to draft well, and they are in contention pretty much every year.

It's hard to pay some of these guys' huge contracts when younger, more recently drafted players are cheaper and more productive.

I wish Albert didn't use the word slave b/c it can be a catalyst for mean spirited race discussions. But the NFL is a monopoly. (Think about that.) And as an organization, it does have its teams and its players "by the balls." There are only 32 teams. No more. No less. The employers have you under a legal contract. Most people in america can't say that they work for a monopoly. Most don't have an official employee contract.

If you don't like the rules , then as a player go play for a minor league type football league and get paid $100 a game. Your options are pretty limited.


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