Thanks to Luis Arroyave’s Red Card blog, I took the time to read Jamie Trecker’s update/interview with Freddy Adu. Apart from being generally impressed with the little scamp’s maturity (here, I’m thinking his decision to “go Benfica” before “going big”), one passage caught my eye…and also prompted a “say what now?” moment:
“Some will have little sympathy for a kid who made more in four years than many MLS players will make in a career. Others will correctly point out that Adu contributed to the hype himself when he signed a $1 million contract with Nike, and appeared in a series of Pepsi product ads.”
While my ability to blow right past considering the implications of the salary Adu made in Major League Soccer (MLS) may seem a little weird in light of recent entries, but I’m talking, here, about something subtly different – e.g. human behavior. To be blunt about it, the thinking Trecker attributes to “some” and “others” is nucking futs. Adu didn’t “contribute” to anything. He only did what any sensible person would do in his position – e.g. take…the…fucking…money. I mean, shit, he’s supposed to say no?
I know I could be bought for a hell of a lot less. And I’d do a hell of a lot more than just wear a pair of shoes – and that at only $50K. I don’t have Adu’s talent, of course (nor his speed, his youth, his polished social abilities), so I’ll obviously have to come up with something a little different…maybe changing the way I sit on the couch?
Suggestions welcome…(and don’t worry about keeping ’em clean).
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