kashikis wrote:WOW you guys are harsh as hell on the kid. I didn't like his move either but like maddog said he told this to the Chargers in a closed meeting. He never publicly said anything until the Chargers disclosed this to the media. I think the Chargers just did this to bait other teams into trading up for the first pick. In the end the Giants bit and made the trade.
I think he threw some piss poor attitude back at the Chargers for them trying to make an ass out of him for their own gain. So he was a bit childish but this isn;t the only time this has happened. Players come out and say which team they want to play for all the time. The difference between them and Manning was that they go right to the media while Manning sat down and explained it to the chargers like he should've. And the he went up there and held up the jersey anyway and posed for photos. To me that showed him swallowing his pride and showing some class.
San Diego made the first cheap shot in the public eye and I think he had every right to throw it in their faces. In the end though all that really matters is that every team involved in the Eli fiasco got what they wanted. Let's just leave it at that and see how these guys pan out before rating him #2 on the a$$hole list.
You make some very good points and I can definetly understand your side of the argument. It was if San Diego made the first sucker punch in this situation by going public. An eye-for-an-eye is our type of society. Archie expressed his concerns and told Diego that he didn't want them drafting his boy expecting it to be a business 'talk' and that it wouldn't leave the franchise. Then the Chargers let the world now and make Archie out to be an azz. If I were a Manning i would feel betrayed too. Cheap shot by the Chargers who know they probably wont draft someone who doesn't play for their team to increase his value.
However, I'm not a Manning.
But how would it increase the value of someone EVERYONE knows doesn't want to play for your team? So it must not have been a shot to make the value increase. Mannings dad made the very first comment. And I would imagine that San Diego felt hurt that Manning didn't want to even be drafted by them. Picture this, your wife/or/gf is in a fund raiser, where they auction of dates. No one bids on her because they thinks she's ugly. Would you be hurt? So for me it was actually the Manning's who threw the first punch. San Diego was only returning the favor.