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Was Raiola Justified Flipping Off Lions Fans?

Or does professional decorum mean that players must take whatever abuse their supporters hurl, without response?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 10, 2008 8:15 AM
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Jim: Fans pay his salary, he doesn't pay theirs. ...

Teresa: Oh, please. The customer is NEVER "always right." You can't walk into a Best Buy and start spewing drunken, violent profanity at the staff...

Eyeball: The customer is always right when he helps you earn 8 million a year to play a sport. Teresa you are an idiot for comparing a pro football p...

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Rob Phillips :

Being a Coloradoan and a life long Broncos fan, getting rid of Clinton Portis was one of our best moves ever, not to mention getting Champ Bailey in the process. Portis has always been a two dimensional player – mouth and potential. His mouth has always exceeded expectations; his potential, not so much.

Rob Phillips

trippin :

It's got nothing to do with decorum. It has to do with enlightened self-interest.

What happens is, the fans, some of whom were not jeering by the way, observe this behavior and they start to hate the guy for being a crybaby and a loudmouth jerk, no matter that fans can be the same. There's absolutely nothing good that can come from alienating the fan base.

Fact is, the fans are buying the tickets. The players are paid to perform for those fans, so as to nurture that fan base into solidifying and growing, in turn improving the team's income. These men don't play for the toads in the luxury boxes, they play for the common folk out in the snow and wind who buy NFL licensed products at exorbitant prices and argue for a week about which Super Bowl commercial was the best (surely the biggest advertising coup ever conceived) even if their team isn't in it.

No sir, these guys are way too highly paid to have any complaints whatsoever about a fan showing displeasure with their performance if that displeasure was warranted.

You got something to say, tough guy? Say it on the field. If you can't do that, at least suck it up like a man and keep your big mouth shut.

Taylor :

Here's an idea. Why don't you start winning some games? If the lions weren't the worst team in football the past decade maybe the fans wouldn't boo.

Adrasteia :

The fans pay the players. The customer is always right. That's called customer service and when you reach the six digits you better provide good customer service.

Cheez :

Fans are paying more and more to see overly (insanely?) payed professional athletes compete. Regardless of the sport, when your home town team consistently loses by under performing, such as the Lions do weekly, why shouldn't the fans be upset and voice their displeasure? And should the athletes take it on the chin? Yes they should and they should take it with their heads hung low not middle finger held high. Flipping off the booing crowd doesn't win you games, it just causes more people to stop coming.

born sick :

Does anyone know exactly what was said to him? What type of guy is he off the field? Maybe he just snapped and lost it due to the "pressure" and the close game. None of us will ever know what it's like so maybe we can give him a break.

Jim :

Fans pay his salary, he doesn't pay theirs.

Teresa :

Oh, please. The customer is NEVER "always right." You can't walk into a Best Buy and start spewing drunken, violent profanity at the staff and not expect to be kicked out or have the police called on you. Same here. Let's show a little class, for once.

Eyeball :

The customer is always right when he helps you earn 8 million a year to play a sport. Teresa you are an idiot for comparing a pro football player with a Best Buy clerk pulling in minimum wage a 20% of x-box games. If I drive 2 hours to get to Fed Ex and pay 8.50 a beer I can shout whatever I want. Get over it.

 
 
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