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09-30-2012, 02:09 PM
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It's a wide angle lens. Look at the hand on the shoulder on the right...
I don't agree with the way he did it but is he wrong? Let's be generous and say that after his agent's cut and taxes he gets 500k. Sure, he's making that 'per year', but for how long? Many of these guys barely finished high school because they were dedicated to hockey. What about the next 50 years of his life? That's not really a lot for someone in the top 1% of what they do.
I guess I just don't get why so many people side with the owners. They are all business men (read: liars, cheaters, tax evaders, etc.). I guarantee you that every owner has done something to get where they are that has hosed the average joe. Meanwhile, all the player has done is worked hard. There are no shortcuts in sports. No loopholes, no stepping on other people's backs to get to the top. Hard work and skill is pretty much all there is to it. Seems much easier to relate to than billionaires looking for more money to fill their vaults.
I'm sorry, but there is no way I can sympathize with someone who has made over $4.5 million dollars in his career as a fringe NHL player who is acting as if he has the same financial issues as I do.
It would take me 112 years of working at my current salary to make what he has in a few years of being a meaningless NHLer. He may have had to work hard to get to where he is, but don't act like your life and financial situation is even in the same stratosphere as most Americans and Canadians. It's insulting.
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