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San Francisco 49ers minicamp already off to disastrous start

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The San Francisco 49ers mincamp got under way on Tuesday but it has already been overshadowed by player behaviour that coach Jim Harbaugh called not the '49er way'.

Harbaugh was critical of two San Francisco players in particular, Tight-End Vernon Davis and Offensive Lineman Alex Boone.

Neither player turned up to the Niners first mandatory off-season workout and it is now expected to lead to a hefty fine for both men should they miss all three days.

The 49ers can fine each man nearly $70,000 should they remain absent for the duration of the camp and that is what is expected to happen.

Harbaugh said: "I'm disappointed in that decision for them not to be here.... its not the decision I envision being the 49er way,"

All about the money

Davis had been positive about attending the minicamp last week but his attitudes turned as the days passed and he revealed that he planned to hold out.

Speaking about his reasons for holding out, Davis recalled his history making deal from 2010 and said: "It's all about getting paid what you deserve. It's not that complicated.

"Four years later, and I'm playing at a higher level than I was then".

Davis remained loyal to the franchise however claiming that "I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first."

Boone is also reportedly holding out over a dispute over a new contract but is being far less public about it than Davis.

Disgraceful attitudes

With the players holding out for more money, it raises an issue that often rears is disgusting head in sports but with Davis it seems like something more.

He believes he is playing a higher level than he was when he signed his big money deal four years ago and now feels he should be getting more money.

Acting like a spoilt child isn't the way to get what you want in the real world and the Niners now face the choice of remain stubborn and not give him what he wants or bow under pressure and open the door to more and more players making demands.

Davis is an unbelievable talent and a fantastic Tight-End but the question remains, with such a negative issue hanging over the team as they begin their pre-season preparations, is he worth the hassle?

They may want to do anything they can to keep him but his behaviour is unacceptable in my opinion he shouldn't be rewarded for acting like a spoilt child.

What do you think? Is Davis in the right or is he being a spoilt child? Let us know in the comments section.

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