LaVar Still Doesn't Like Gibbs
LaVar was at the game yesterday, doing some analytics for Comcast SportsyNet and being mobbed by fans and being taken care of by Eastern Motors boss Robert Bassam. In fact, due to CSN's might and an odd quirk of fate, LaVar was being mobbed by fans at the same moment that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was walking around with friends and greeting occasional well-wishers and generally being ignored just a few yards away. And you can't even use that old line about the athlete having the better year than the politician, because really, this hasn't been the greatest year for LaVar.
Speaking of which, you must read Ohm Youngmisuk's LaVar profile from yesterday's New York Daily News, if you haven't already. There are plenty of health updates, and updates on his P.G. restaurant, and tales of helping children and roasting marshmallows with his wife, but the part that catches the eye, of course, involves the Redskins:
"I hate the way that Dan Snyder and Joe Gibbs handled things," says Arrington, who settled his dispute with Snyder and surrendered $2 million to get out of his contract in 2006. "So I don't have a liking for them particularly. I made three Pro Bowls under crazy circumstances. People wouldn't even know how complicated it is to be a Washington Redskin. I am not a mudslinger so I won't get into details of it."
Arrington credits Snyder - who once called his franchise linebacker "a Redskin through and through" -- with teaching him how to become a shrewd businessman.
"I will be a successful businessman based on probably 85% of the things I have learned from Daniel Snyder," says Arrington, who is starting a clothing line with Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis and former University of Miami linebacker Rohan Marley and is doing analysis for a local network. "It appears that (the Redskins) pay more money (than other teams). Dan Snyder is brilliant in that he knows how to backload, he knows that if he wants to pay, he has at least two to three years to decide if he really wants to pay you what your contract is (worth). Or he will restructure you and guarantee you more money and you will get some, but it is not what people think it is.
"Watch what they will do," Arrington continues. "They will get rid of (running back) Clinton (Portis) before they have to pay him his crazy amount of money. They will get rid of (offensive lineman) Chris Samuels. That is how they do business. Or they restructure you."
Sowing goodwill everywhere they go.
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