Today Jack Johnson repeated what has been spoken by many players and representatives of the NHLPA. He stated how despicable it was of the NHL to attempt to not honor the contracts that were signed in good faith.
Does anyone remember Alexei Yashin? His memorable holdout is the example of greed in professional sports, but has not been the only player to cause uproar because they felt that they weren’t getting paid enough under their contract that was signed in good faith.
How many players signed contracts, got better, then wouldn’t play because they thought that they deserved more? This phenomenon isn’t just restricted to the NHL. Many players pulled a Yashin in the NFL, MLB, and NBA. More than we can count in fact, but does Jack Johnson think that they are wrong? Most likely not.
For many years players in all sports have refused to honor contracts when their perceived value went up. They have refused to play for teams that drafted them for various reasons. They have demanded trades and even in some cases retired to get away from a team. Players have refused to accept trades and demotions.
In recent years the KHL has been a bargaining chip for NHL players. Give me what I want or I will go to Russia.
If Donald Fehr was as smart as he thinks he is, he would flat-out tell his players to shut up. The more they talk the more stupid they sound.
Yes the owners are showing their greed and willingness to renege on their word, but for many years the players have shown that they also have both of those qualities. Now they are showing that they are showing new attributes, such as putting their foot in their mouths every time they open them.
For the modern-day athlete to cry greed is a lesson in, yep you guessed it.. hypocrisy.
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