Thursday, August 6, 2009

Michael Crabtree Needs To Fire His Cousin

I am not a guy who likes to say people need to be fired. You will rarely see me say a Coach needs to be fired or a player needs to be cut. Its a very serious thing in my mind to call for someone to lose their job. You are talking about taking food off their family's table and potentially uprooting them from the neighborhood that they live in. I personally don't think its something to be taken lightly.

Having said that, Michael Crabtree needs to fire his agent Eugene Parker cousin, David Wells. And I am pretty sure Crabtree's agent, Eugene Parker agrees with me.

From ESPN:

San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree is prepared to sit out this season and re-enter the NFL draft in 2010, David Wells, Crabtree's cousin and adviser, said Thursday.

"We are prepared to do it," Wells said. "Michael just wants fair-market value. They took him with the 10th pick and you have Darrius Heyward-Bey [the seventh overall pick by the Oakland Raiders] getting $38 million? This week is crucial. Michael was one of the best players in the draft and he just wants to be paid like one of the best players. This week is very crucial."

However, Crabtree's agent told that no such threat has been made on his part.

Addressing the report, agent Eugene Parker told on Thursday afternoon: "You've known me a long time and I'm not a guy who makes threats. Nor am I a guy who negotiates in the public. I don't know where this came from but no such threat has been made."

Wells said he believes the Niners have made an offer but that it is not acceptable. Wells said Crabtree is ready to start practicing and was held out of OTAs this spring by coaches only for precautionary reasons.

This is why you don't hire family in this kind of a business situation.

Obviously his cousin, Mr. Wells doesn't understand what the hell it means to make that kind of threat to an NFL team and pass it off as credible. He also is obviously oblivious to the fact that Crabtree has already garnered, rightly or wrongly, a reputation as a "diva". Making a statement about sitting out the season is not only ridiculous, it is also reckless and it could cost his cousin money.

I know blood is thicker than water, or so the saying goes, but Crabtree needs to cut bait right now with his cousin and let the guys he is paying to negotiate his contract be allowed to negotiate his contract.

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