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    Holmes' selfish ways have hurt the Chiefs

    By JASON WHITLOCK

    The Kansas City Star





    According to my e-mail, voice mail, Carl Peterson and FOP — friends of Priest Holmes — I owe Kansas City’s 34-year-old running back an apology.
    According to my respected colleagues at The Star, local TV stars Jack Harry and Frank Boal and ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli, last Sunday Priest Holmes completed a remarkable comeback by playing against the Oakland Raiders.
    King Carl made a point to stroll by me in Kansas City’s victorious, postgame locker room and triumphantly announce, “Priest Holmes is back.”
    Back from what, quitting?
    Seriously, it gets old playing the role of bad guy, but someone has to do it. It seems like when it comes to discussing or analyzing athletes, we’re locked in this never-ending game of good or evil, hero or goat, right or wrong.
    Most of us are filled with a little of both. Priest Holmes certainly is.
    I’m going to clarify my position on Priest Holmes one last time, and then be done with it.
    I don’t dislike Priest Holmes. For reasons I do not know, I believe he intentionally tries to confuse people, particularly the news media, coaches and front-office executives. That is his right. For that reason, I believe virtually nothing that comes out of his mouth. I believe his actions.
    He quit football. Nothing wrong with that. He tired of the game, took an opportunity to walk away and collect a 2006 paycheck while sitting at home. I say he “quit” because his actions indicate just that. Players get injured all the time, and you can’t get them away from the game, the locker room, the film study, the fellowship with teammates and coaches.
    Anyone remember Trent Green? How did he react when injured a year ago or even this season in Miami? They carried Trent Green off on a stretcher, strapped to a gurney like a death-row inmate, and he was back in the locker room begging to play in a couple of weeks.
    Holmes? He walked off the field in San Diego in 2005 after absorbing a hit from Shawne Merriman. No one has ever offered a clear, concise explanation of his injury. Jack Harry, at one time, described it as a “tumor” for his viewers. Whatever, Holmes was never hospitalized, as far as I know. There was no extensive rehab. As best as I can remember, Holmes’ Los Angeles doctor prescribed rest.
    We’re not talking about Kevin Everett relearning to walk, Lance Armstrong surviving chemotherapy, Mike Alstott coming back to football after having a disk in his neck removed and replaced with a vertebra from a cadaver, Alonzo Mourning recovering from kidney disease.
    We’re talking about a hard hit, tingling in Holmes’ fingers, inconclusive tests and a prescription of rest.
    Holmes rested in San Antonio, away from his teammates and away from his employer. According to Holmes, he spent his time away from football connecting with his five children. Great. It’s good that Holmes wants to be a father to his kids. Many responsible men balance parenting with career demands and wife demands. Most good fathers would love to spend 22 uninterrupted months connecting with their children.
    I’m not blasting Priest Holmes. Trent Green should’ve retired last year. But don’t you think Green could’ve found a doctor to prescribe a year’s worth of rest to recover from his concussion, if he was looking for a way to sit at home and get paid?
    Now, sometime over the summer, the Chiefs tried to talk Holmes into announcing his retirement. Holmes declined, and in late July he announced he would report to training camp. Again, there was no clear, concise explanation of what had transpired to magically make Holmes healthy enough to play. Holmes credited a dream.

    I credit Carl Peterson. He basically told Holmes to retire or play. There were no more free paychecks for “resting” in San Antonio.
    I wish Holmes much success this season. A lot of people are rooting for Holmes because they’ve soured on Larry “LJ-Z” Johnson. LJ-Z has been a poor teammate. In comparison, Holmes looks like a good teammate.
    I’m not so sure. The reality is Holmes could’ve worked out with the Chiefs during the offseason and reported to training camp ready to contribute. Had Holmes been with the team in March, demonstrated he was serious about playing, participated in exhibition games, perhaps Carl Peterson could’ve dealt with LJ-Z more aggressively in contract negotiations. Who knows? Peterson might’ve pulled the trigger on a trade with the Packers.
    Holmes’ selfishness hurt the Chiefs. It can’t all be explained away because Holmes has convinced everyone he’s different. If that’s the case, then Larry Johnson is different, too, and we should all just accept it.
    We don’t have to accept it. The Chiefs have two running backs who allow their selfish tendencies to undermine team progress.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sling58 View Post
    Have you even read anything about Priest. He doesn't talk to anyone. He is a private person. He doesn't talk to people for months. It's who he is.
    MOST people don't pay him and he is not part of MOST people's families.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkHillbilly View Post
    Fishy??? What, I can't want him to retire because I would hate to see him do any further damage to himself while at the same time think that taking the money was wrong? Your title needs to be Opinion Police!

    Never did I say he was faking an injury or that " the injury shouldn't take that long". I also never said the Chiefs did the right thing either.

    Now if your opinion ( because that's all it is ) is that the Chiefs were trying to compensate for something they didn't give him in the first place, I can live with that. I just think it is funny to hear some people say ( not you) it wasn't about the money. Please!! It's always about the money!

    I simply think that accepting the money and not keeping in contact with the people that are paying you, keeping them updated on your status, keeping in touch with teammates that are obviously concerned about your condition and status and basically keeping yourself part of the team was wrong! IMO, by doing these things, he didn't even act like he wanted to be part of the team!
    That's a great point but at the same time what about his performance when he was with the team? He was the best back in the league. I can see why the team was loyal to him. If only we had a defense then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkHillbilly View Post
    Doesn't work that way here!!! I can promise you that!
    You have no unemployment insurance is the US?
    The only reason a beer sweats around Canada is because he's decided it will be the next beer he drinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sling58 View Post
    ok then if a drunkhillbilly gets hurt on his job and doesn't think he will return does he give up the money for his disability? I think not. You make it sound like Priest should have stopped being paid and got a job at McDonalds as the assistant fry maker in Alaska.
    Drunkhillbilly's don't work first of all! I just posted that I would start to feel guilty after a year or so.

    So, as you stated if he didn't think he was going to return should he be pais a salary beyond the leagues pention for the rest of his life as Canada said he would?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkHillbilly View Post
    Drunkhillbilly's don't work first of all! I just posted that I would start to feel guilty after a year or so.

    So, as you stated if he didn't think he was going to return should he be pais a salary beyond the leagues pention for the rest of his life as Canada said he would?
    I m not going to get involved in trying to figure out the NFL pension. I have no idea how it works, but I imagine it is about the same idea as my employer offers me. I never said anything about him or anyone else getting salary + pension, but my pension is provided through my employer.
    The only reason a beer sweats around Canada is because he's decided it will be the next beer he drinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada's #1 Chiefs Fan View Post
    You have no unemployment insurance is the US?
    You get paid unemployement for a certain period of time however unless you are physically unable to work AT ALL in any line of work, it doesn't continue forever. That is called disability.

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    Employers pay into all of these funds...it is still getting paid for rehabbing not matter how you look at it.
    The only reason a beer sweats around Canada is because he's decided it will be the next beer he drinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by royalswin100games View Post
    That's a great point but at the same time what about his performance when he was with the team? He was the best back in the league. I can see why the team was loyal to him. If only we had a defense then.
    I don't disagree with the teams loyalty. If that's why they kept him on the payroll then that's why. However, he did sign the original contract. So for one to imply that he got screwed in the first place doesn't hold water with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canada's #1 Chiefs Fan View Post
    Employers pay into all of these funds...it is still getting paid for rehabbing not matter how you look at it.
    Not forever like you said would happen to you though.

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    when does my pension run out?? or my disability??
    The only reason a beer sweats around Canada is because he's decided it will be the next beer he drinks.

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