I have a full time day job; I do not blog for a living.Â Some of my inspiration is drawn from the very newspapers and various outlets that we all have access to on a daily.Â As I perused the Washington Postâ€™s Express, Albert Haynesworthâ€™s mug on the front just made me mad and grateful.Â Heâ€™s been paid a whole lot of money to do his job as a defensive lineman and he produced bubkes. Haynesworth even boycotted his job by not attending a mandatory minicamp; he was fined a paltry $10 grand.Â WHAT is $10 grand when you make $41 million a year?
Essentially, NFL team members are employed as players of a game.Â Thatâ€™s it: you put on a uniform and play a game.Â Elements of human intellect and the ability to strategize are needed to qualify for an NFL player position, as are specific physical prowess.Â Haynesworth allegedly met these qualifications and signed a contract whereby he committed to fulfill the requirements of this highly coveted job.Â Then he dropped the ball.Â He didnâ€™t show up for work and when he did he was insubordinate.Â Haynesworth was a public relations nightmare, frequently being pursued in court for various cases.Â Now he (and Ochocinco) are off to the New England Patriots.Â I say good riddance to his sorry butt.Â
Â As of June 2011, 9.2% of the U.S.population is some kind of unemployed and 16.2% of the Black population is unemployed.Â While I know the Haynesworths of this world donâ€™t give a flying fart, it is my conclusion that the Haynesworths of this world will never get my support.Â How many guys in the American Football Association or the Canadian Football League would be better suited for his job? With the unemployment rate so high, there are probably some out of work lawyers, CPAs, real estate agents, and educators whoâ€™d make a good go of it as a replacement for Albert Haynesworth in the NFL.Â It is a blessing to have work nowadays and this joker needs to recognize that.
Needless to say, Haynesworthâ€™s job performance merited him being fired and not traded to become someone else’s problem.Â I know guys and gals, there are exorbitant amounts of money incurred by teams and probably the league when it comes to canceling the contract of such a big lemon.Â But I just WISH the league had a lemon law to aid in them in cases such as this.Â
After graduating college and securing full time employment, I was laid off that same job after about a year.Â It was devastating.Â Iâ€™d been employed in some capacity since the age of 14.Â My days of unemployment seemed to have no end date.Â In reality it was one full year.Â One year of hitting the pavement, and visiting the unemployment office, and struggling to buy groceries, and being told by CVS/Boston Market/Safeway that I was over qualified.Â It was one full year of without health insurance, full of frustration and depression mingled with faith despite failure.Â It was a very hard year.Â
Albert Haynesworth, Iâ€™m sure you too have a story.Â One that includes overcoming an initial diagnosis of ADD with the help of your mother (Albertâ€™s mother is Black but Albert said he doesnâ€™t like â€œblack girls.â€Â Do you dislike your mama Albert? Thatâ€™s another post.), and struggling with an anger management issue.Â Â Â Your story will also include you being an overpaid employee of the NFL who neither valued his status or the ticket purchasing people who fund your employment.Â Â
I’ll say of you what I said of Leslie Johnson, former Councilwoman for Prince George’s County, you’re still alive so you have an opportunity to write a better ending to your story.Â
Get on that little assignment because right now, your story stinks.
(Black girl waving bye to Albert) “Bye Albert!!!!!”