Get a job!I don't normally get into cheap athlete or celebrity bashing but every so often, one of them says something so ridiculously clueless that it deserves to be lambasted.
At the beginning of the month, defender Ashley Cole moved from the London soccer club Arsenal (the Gunners) to their crosstown rivals Chelsea. He did so because Chelsea offered him more money. If he'd simply said that, I'd have no problem. Players move for more money all the time. It's not a big deal. Any team sports fan is used to it by now. If another company offered me 9% more money to do the same job, I might take it too.
But he described the situation in the most absurd possible terms
"I don't believe the board (of directors of Arsenal) gave a damn about keeping me," he sniffed.
"The truth is that the Gunners had done nothing all season to hold on to me," he whined.
As if those comments weren't melodramatic enough: the 25-year-old left-back was told of the board's refusal to sanction the deal (to keep him) while he was driving his car and says he "nearly swerved off the road."
So you might think they were offering him barely more than minimum wage.
In fact, they were offering him a mere 55,000 pounds a week which, if you do the conversion and multiplication, translates to US$5.3 million per year.
Oh the trials and tribulations of the nearly starving big time soccer player.
He wanted the equivalent of $5.8 million a year. Which is fine, but if he considers 'only' $5.3 million to be an insult, then the real insult is to all the people who shell out ridiculous on tickets and shirts to pay his wages.
Worst of all, he sniveled that the Arsenal board, "preferred to haggle over a difference of 5,000 pounds" a week... or $500,000 a year.
For someone that out of touch with reality, it's no surprise that he didn't bemoan HIS OWN REFUSAL "haggle over a difference of 5,000 pounds."
Contributions to the Feed Ashley Cole Fund can be made at 1-800-GET-A-CLUE!