New Buffalo Bills Linebacker Brandon Spikes has been amidst the controversy lately, and in my opinion should be thankful to the New England Patriots, not comparing his time under Bill Belichick as 'slavery'.
Spikes spent four years with the Patriots and even if he should feel aggrieved about how he was treated by the franchise, I feel he owes them at least one thing.
That one thing is a thanks.
Why does he owe them thanks? Oh I don't know, maybe because they took him in the draft therefore ensuring he would even have an NFL career.
Not that this is just a Patriots thing, I think any player who is drafted should owe a debt of gratitude to the team who drafted them because they were where it all started.
Then again, there is always the counter argument that had Spikes not gone to the Patriots all those years ago, he probably would have gone to another NFL franchise.
A valid point but not really enough to suggest that Spikes doesn't owe the Patriots some thanks for the initial chance.
What about the deal that Spikes signed with the Patriots when he signed in 2010?
Well it was a four-year $3.2 million deal that Spikes signed as a rookie and I have never seen one slavery job in the history of the world that pays that well.
In fact, I would actually become Bill Belichick's personal slave for that kind of money!
Most non-professional athletes on the planet would love to be on that kind of income and would probably be willing to take miserable working conditions in exchange.
It reminds me of a scene in the film 'The Replacements' released in 2000 where NFL players strike trying to get a wage increase.
When asked about the strike they claim that the money they're on isn't enough to cover the cost of their ferraris.
Or even that time when FIFA President Sepp Blatter compared soccer players to slaves.
Any comparison to a slave in modern day sports are ridiculous and I feel, insensitive to what many people earn for a living.
Ok, so his claims of slavery are ridiculous, his gratitude to the Patriots for bringing him into the NFL in the first place is lacking, anything else?
Well, what about the fact that with the Patriots, Spikes attended one Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLVI) and three AFC Championship games?
So for this, I recall my argument from earlier, Spikes could have been drafted by another franchise in the NFL, but would he seriously prefer to have been with a franchise who might not have even made the play-offs in the last four years?
So yes he can claim that even before the draft, he didn't want to go to the Patriots but the franchise have consistently gifted him post-season football of a high degree.
Will he get that with the Bills? well it looks unlikely (No offence Buffalo Bills fans)
So to sum up, even if it ended unfortunately for the Linebacker in New England, to come out and describe your time there as '4 years a slave' is simply ludicrous.