So by now you all have prob. heard that Skip, Drew, and I are no longer with the team. I would like to start off this by saying this was by no means an easy decision. I spent hours even days consulting my parents, my agent, and other players on how best to go about this situation. Yes I know a couple posts back I said everything was fine, and the team made me out to be a liar. Everything was not fine because of more promises that were broken or swept under the rug. By now you should know I try to be as honest as possible, I don’t hide things on this blog. There were many factors that went into my decision which I will discuss a few, and I will also leave one for later post that I can not get into right at this moment, but first a message to my former teammates.
I believe captain bomba said it best after the meeting with the Yarick and the other guys about “everyone has to do what is right for them now”. This was of course said after Yarick said he would not change anything to an annex that was proposed to us (basically we wanted to protect ourselves and he said screw you go home) that was the last straw for me. He had pushed me over the edge and I wanted out. The management split the team up and forced them to longer be able to make decisions as a team. I’m sorry that it came to this and I do wish you guys the best of luck in the playoffs. Personally I knew I could no longer give 100% to the team. I was very unhappy with how management has treated us all year, but even after the cup I found it even more disrespectful. I knew with me being very unhappy it would be hard to have a good week of practice and even be effective in the games. Also from what we had found out before even going to the cup is we may not have even been insured. I don’t know how true this is or was but that is another huge risk that we were taking. I do hope you guys understand that this decision was made on what I felt was best for me. Is that selfish? In a way yes but that is what management has been all year. I know many of you personally were very upset as well on how they were treating us, but since it was your home country it was hard for you to do anything. Again I am sorry it came to this but the real people to blame are the snakes that run the club.
To the fans that feel I deserted or “ran like a girl” I am also truly sorry. This is by no means the way I wanted this to end. I have a scenario for you. Let’s say I offer you a job to come work at my step-dads jail for 9 months (he is a sheriff). When you get here I’m going to give you just a little money to live off of. Every time you are scheduled to get paid I’m going to say “next week”. Then after you are here for 5 months I’m then going to be two months behind on paying you, but still tell you things are great and we have everything coming in. so you decide to stay thousands of miles away from your family, using the very slow internet I give you to communicate to the people you need to. So you decide to stay because you like who you’re working with and you’re having a “GREAT YEAR”. As soon as you can no longer take another job, I am then going to tell you we have no more money and need you to now give up a lot of your money. So since your having fun and enjoying yourself you agree to this. Well then I’m not going to follow through with what I agreed with you. I’m now going to change it again, and not meet halfway with you. I’m also not going to give you any money for a taxi or no car.
Now if that sounds like a great job for you, come thousands of miles from your family, come on over to Indiana and I can hook it up for you. I would love to see how long you stick it out. That is in a nutshell what the situation was for me. Actually I think I put it mildly. I honestly had the most stressful and close to the worst 2 months of my life these last two. The only joy was finishing third and winning the cup. Should you guys understand what I went through? No! why would you? But before you blast me with comments about what terrible people skip, drew, and I are ,I really think you have the wrong people as the enemy. I have broad shoulders so I will take the rude comments and hatred. We did not ask for any of this, we came over and worked as hard as we could to accomplish as many wins as possible and wanted to win the cup and playoffs. Also for those who think it is solely about money I go back to the post a couple weeks ago where I mentioned no one would have stayed as long as we did if it was only about money. It is also about treating people with integrity and honesty. You can only push someone so far before they push back. Do I need you guys to understand or take my side? Of course not people will have there opinions and that is fine. I am truly sorry it came to this but I had full support from many people that I love and TRUST and at the end of the day had to do what I felt was best for me.
For the people that blame the economy for what happened in kotwica has it just a little off. The economy did not tell them to lie to us about the situation. The economy did not say to keep us after trade deadline so we could not find another way to make a livelihood. I will also give the biggest factor of all in why we HAD to leave when we did, but I can not say that now because it could potentially hurt some others that don’t need hurt.
I also saw the article that first reported us as gone. I believe it said we left after receiving our outstanding debts. This also was not the case, they still owe us money. The deal was we would sign the annex and we would have all the outstanding money before the first playoff game. Of course the club never followed through with that and said they needed another meeting on April 15. If somehow we lost they could have shut it down and not gave us ANY thing for the work we have done. With the kind of people management is we could not take that risk.
Again I’m sorry it ended this way, because I really think it could have been avoided with just a little effort and actually management showing they cared about the employees just a little bit.
And i did tell everyone bye on Friday, and left all the things i gave to them with them. This idea was also suggested to us by coach, so i find it kind of funny seeing the comments he made about us in the paper. He has been one of the ones that have told us lies and kept us here so he can look good on the resume. Why should i bash him it would not matter his favorite players (Kevin, Sefton, and Kiko) are still there for him to play favorites with.
Until next time
This is BC gone for now