Tuesday February 14, 2012- Commenting on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the report that he will make $20 million per year by the end of his current contract, Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Roddy White took to Twitter. "How in the hell can you pay this much money to a man that can't run, tackle, or catch." wrote White. "Roger Goodell is getting over never seen anything like it 20 million for looking over the league with tremendous help I guess the NFL is banking." When a follower suggested the job that Goodell and his predecessors had done was responsible for White's salary, White responded, "thats the stupidest thing ever heard the players make this league dont forget that" Falcon owner Arthur Blank may not agree. As head of the NFL Compensation Committee he is the man largely responsible for Goodell's salary, as well as being responsible for White's 6year $50 million contract. The numbers speak for themselves. The only question remaining is, "How the hell can you pay a man $50 million when all he can do is run, tackle, or catch?"
More from the "Twitter" file- Evidently, not everyone is suffering from "Linsanity". Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. took to Twitter to express his less-than-enthusiastic thoughts on the branding-iron-hot New York Knick point guard and crowd favorite. "Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise".
In reality, Lin has scored 109 points in the first four starts of his career a feat accomplished by Lin and...Lin alone. No players, black or otherwise, are doing what he does every night.
But who is Floyd to let silly facts get in the way of a good tweet? This is not Floyd's first foray into the highly charged world of the racially motivated statement. Back in 2010, he went on a racist and homophobic rant about boxer Manny Pacquiao.
Lin, a Harvard grad, has the kind of story that most fans can get behind. In high school he sent his resume and highlight DVD to Cal, UCLA, the Ivy league schools, and his dream school, Stanford. The Pac-10 schools wanted him to walk-on and Ivy league schools do not offer athletic scholarships. Lin's 4.2 GPA in high school made the Ivy league possible and he chose Harvard.
In Lin's junior year he became the only Division I player to rank in the top ten in the nation in scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks, steals, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage. Lin was a unanimous All-Ivy League selection. His senior year was nearly as dominant, garnering another All-Ivy league selection.
Lin went undrafted after graduation, but received an invitation from Dallas GM Donny Nelson to attend their Mini-Camp and Summer League teams. After a successful but un-spectacular Summer League session he received offers from three teams and decided to sign with home town Golden State, signing a two year deal in 2010. Lin spent most of that year shuttling between the parent club and the D-league, before being released by Golden State and picked up by the Houston Rockets, but released again before the start of the season.
Picked up by the Knicks, Lin was assigned to the D-league again. After recording a triple double, 28pts, 11rebounds, and 12 assists, Lin was recalled by the Knicks where, due to a perfect storm of injury, he was installed in the starting line up against the NJ Nets where he scored 25pts, had 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. Against the Jazz, 28 pts, 8 assists, versus the Wizards 23 points, 10 rebounds. On February 10, Lin scored 38 points against the LA Lakers, outscoring Kobe Bryant 38-34. Lin's current popularity can be attributed to not only his success but his hard work and determination, while never losing sight of where he has been. The D-league not Harvard.
As for Floyd Mayweather, Jr., he starts a 90-day jail term on June 1 for domestic violence. You stay classy, Floyd.