Tuesday, March 1, 2011

NFL Players Borrowing Cash As Lockout Looms

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the potential NFL lockout and how it would effect the fans. I guess this report is about how the players are currently being effected. The average person working a 9 to 5 job everyday doesn't want to hear about someone being paid millions of dollars suddenly struggling. However, many young players in the NFL are being hit with a reality check. Players only get paid their yearly salaries during the 17 week regular season. Workout bonuses that can be as high as $500,000 won't be received until training camps start if there's a work stoppage. 

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Brandon Graham was asked for cash by some of his teammates. They wanted to borrow "$100,000, they try not to make it awkward. They'll come to you like they're joking, but they're serious. They're trying to feel you out to see what you'll say. I'll be like, 'What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?' I don't want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money", Graham said.

I remember a huge strike here in Las Vegas when I was a kid, I wasn't that old because my dad could still put me on his shoulders. I remember the unity of the employees who got up every morning and would picket a certain hotel that no longer stands on the strip. When they brought that hotel down the memories came back of the strike and my dad organizing meetings at our house. Well, I see everything but unity with the players.

 From players just killing Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler on twitter for quitting errrr I mean getting injured and not returning in the NFC Championship to NY Jets Antonio Cromartie wanting to smash Matt Hasslebeck's face in. Now we have players hitting each other up for money. Nothing worse then a friend asking for money. I hate that because its awkward, I am the one who's embarrassed and sometimes the person asking for money isn't. My answer is the same as Brandon Graham's...NO. My friends know that if we hangout...I've got the tip. Big game on television...pizza and beer is on me, but don't ask me for money...not going to go well. Now of course there's exceptions like an emergency, other than that Wells Fargo bank is right at the corner dude.

The UNLV campus store is an excellent place for me to get touched up for money, I know too many damn people. "Hey bro you got a Jackson til Friday?" I'm like I don't want to come back here for a $20 then I look like a loser. Still a $20 is a lot different then $100k. How do you have the stones to ask for $100,000 from anyone? I wouldn't ask my mom for $100,000. Brandon's teammates were asking him, hey look I'm all about team sports and winning as one and all that but you're not close enough for that kind of scratch. Then again, Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter just gave his kidney to Kevin Jordan, one of his players. 

Hell, give your teammates the money. $100,000, why not ask for $500,000 or a cool $1,000,000? And if you're wondering, Brandon Graham's been with the Philadelphia Eagles for one year, dude's not exactly Bill Gates. At last check, the team owners and player's union are in meetings but the deadline for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is March 3rd... 

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