Thursday, August 5, 2010

Framing a holdout

It's all about public relations and perception. Favre is apparently absolutely brilliant at playing the PR game. Favre on Javon Walker's hold out in 2005:

“If Javon wants to know what he quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I’d tell him he’s going about this the wrong way,” Favre told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I’d tell him I’ve been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you.”

Apparently by "going about it the wrong way" Favre meant Walker should have pretended to be injured and leverage an impending retirement and atrocious back-ups to get more money, instead of being honest and saying "I am worth more than you are paying me."

Of course, Walker didn't have friends like Mariucci and Peter King to cover for his every move. JFK could only dream of this kind of media protection.

Terrell Owens nails it: How come Favre isn't a attention whore but we get hell for having fun but he makes a spectacle about coming back its cool? Wtf ..... Child Please!


Jon said...

That T.O. argument is completely bogus, 99% of the press Favre has gotten from these shenanigans has been terrible. I hear sportswriters and talk radio killing him (to borrow a Mad Dog phrase) nonstop the last few years. Even Peter King has ripped him. Where do you see the media saying this whole thing is cool? Of course they're covering it, because its legitimately big news in terms of impact on the NFL.

E.S.K. said...

The only thing I have watched is NFLN and Peter King and Mooch were both covering for him and kissing his ass. Saying numerous times that "this isn't about money." Suuuuuuuure.

Jon said...

i do agree with T.O. that NFL should let them do egotistical dances and stuff after catches/TD's. let the defenses police against that kind of stuff.