>Sit Down: Albert Haynesworth


This is a new segment I’ll be doing from time to time here at Hardwood Diva.  Basically, its to address ignorant comments and/or actions from sports figures.  Who is our first recipient?  Albert Haynesworth.  Why you ask???  Because of this right here.

“Just because somebody pay you money don’t mean they’ll make you do whatever they want or whatever. I mean, does that mean everything is for sale?  I mean, I’m not for sale. Yeah, I signed the contract and got paid a lot of money, but … that don’t mean I’m for sale or a slave or whatever.”

Sir, you are ridiculous.  Don’t ever again in your life compare yourself to a slave.  You chose to sign a $100 million contract.  Ain’t nothing in the league guaranteed…and we all know that.  You had no problem taking that bonus money knowing good and well what defense they were putting in place.  Weren’t crying then were you SLAVE?!?!!  And you’re not for sale…what the heck does that mean???  Yes you are.  You sell your skills, talent and ability to a team (hence your agent/manager) and they decide whether or not to buy.  Nothing about that is slavery.  That is a traditional employer-employee situation.  Thing is you get to negotiate…don’t think slaves got to negotiate pay fool.
You are whining about playing a different position as if they asked you to run your fat butt up and down the field as a receiver…something we all know you can’t possibly do.  I’m sure there are plenty of borderline NFL prospects that wouldn’t mind moving over a bit to a different spot to get to play in the league on Sundays and make $100 million in the process.
I said all of that to say: Albert Haynesworth, SIT DOWN!!!

2 thoughts on “>Sit Down: Albert Haynesworth

  1. >Actually, Haynesworth potentially makes a good point. In his book $40 Million Slaves, William Rhoden makes the argument that the rise of the black athlete in mainstream athletics is merely a placation. For instance he argues that Baseball's integration was more about white guilt and avoiding real integration. In many places in the south, like Mississippi, we are really no closer to reconciliation than before. The racist Ole Miss basketball fan will still cheer for his favorite team no matter the color of the players. He sees the player as a commodity that help his team to victory. Athletes are not seen as people, but rather as goods to be traded and sold to the highest bidder. I love sports, but some real work needs to be done. For your insight Albert, I applaud you.

  2. >I wholeheartedly agree that there are aspects of the sport system that mirror slavery. However, this situation does not. They are not running this man ragged, asking him to sacrifice his body then kicking him to the curb. Like I said, it isn't a situation of them asking him to do something outrageous and throwing "we pay you" after it. He took the money knowing their intentions. If you aren't a slave and can't be bought, leave the money and move on. And unfortunately too many people throw around the idea of "modern-day slavery" because of that book when in situations like this it isn't appropriate. He's not being treated like a slave. If my job paid me, then told me "hey Leslie we want to change your position is that something you're cool with?" If I say no and don't want to do it, they won't give me a bonus…and I most likely won't have a job. If you want to call what Haynesworth is dealing with slavery then the same is true with counselors at UOP who are now experiencing position changes they didn't request or sign up for, but they're doing it. I often side with football players in labor disputes because they don't have guarantees like in other sports, however this is not a situation I agree with, and I don't appreciate Haynesworth equating himself with a slave. He is not a slave, and has more options then any slave ever had.

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