Most people who get paid to go to work show up. Most people who are told by their boss that they plan to adjust the management and operation systems typically adjust their work style. It is part of being what people love to call on their resumes a ‘team player’ and after all they have been told by their employer to do so. However, this is not the case with professional football player, Albert Haynesworth of the Washington Redskins.
Haynesworth has decided to skip attending the Redskins mandatory minicamp citing that he doesn’t agree with the new defensive strategy the team intends to run this season. Mr. Haynesworth your behavior lacks both substance and style. His actions are a let down to his teammates and the fans of the Redskins. Truly, this athlete is not a role model.
In April of this year Haynesworth got a $21,000,000 bonus check – yes, which is on top of his salary. And the fact that puts all of this in perspective and should deeply trouble every Washingtonian and every Redskin fan is that his bonus is $1,000,000 more than what will be spent by the District of Columbia to finance the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The SYEP is a seven week employment and training program that allows nearly 20,000 District youth, ages 14 to 21, with an opportunity to work. The budget for the program this year is $20,000,000.
A star athlete from a local sports team refusing to show up for work after receiving a bonus check for practically the same amount of money as it costs the city to try to teach and instill in its young people the value of working, earning an honest living and staying out of trouble is quite ironic. Or maybe it is just sad.