In response to ATJ's comment:
In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:
Never mind Canada and the US in all this discussion of systems and attitudes. Has anyone ever travelled to the poorer places in the world? If you have, you'll understand where I'm coming from. In my life, I've been to some places (South America, Russia, amon others) that would put this whole argument into perspective rather quickly. We're talking about athletes being paid handsomely to play a game here. Whatever "mistreatment" they suffer at the hands of the evil NFL owners is still better than trying to make a living in a country where you don't even know where your next day's pay is coming from. Not to take shots at the Canadians or Americans since I've spent a lot of time in both countries and love both-- but by and large, very few in either country can undersand just how lucky they are to live where they live and just how bad some people in this world have it. In the grand scheme, Vince Wilfork has a lot to be grateful for and his evil employer generously set up his family for generations no badly how bad this marriage ends.
I know from whence you speak. A week in Tunisia working with local police (long before the words Arab Spring were ever strung together) opened my eyes wider than any conceptual discussion ever could. One simple sentence uttered in passing by the police lieutenant assigned to work with me: "90% of our people work from sunrise to sunset just to earn enough to eat."
Are contract negotiations between NFL teams and their players bare-knuckle tough? Absolutely, but that is the business that the players have chosen to be in. They at least had a choice.
Just because it's worse for people elsewhere doesn't justify treating people here badly. I have no problem with tough negotiations. I just think there are limits to how far you should push your advantage over someone when you hold all the cards and your hardball tactics can do significant damange to them.
Look, I've read your posts and am sure you're a very decent person. I don't think you'd treat your employees badly. And I don't think you really believe in putting business over everything. I actually don't think Kraft is that hardarse either. But I kind of wonder why so many people are making disparaging comments about Wilfork when all he did is request what's best for him.