Stephen A. Smith Says NFL Legend Convinced Kam Chancellor To End Holdout
Missing four preseason games, two regular season games and three months of practice -- that's how committed Kam Chancellor was to holding out for more money. According to Stephen A. Smith, the Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl strong safety has caved and will return to fulfill his contractual obligation for the next three years.
News of the detente was relayed via text. Here's something that's apparently on Stephen A. Smith's phone...
"Ima go help my teammates that are understanding of my position and the ones who aren't. God forgives all, why can't i? Time to help us get back to the big dance . I can address business after the season. Me and Marshawn started a mission 2 years ago. I can't let my Dawg down....Real talk."
Smith extrapolated on "First Take" Wednesday morning.
"I'm just conveying the whole thought process that was given to me by Kam about what Kam was feeling throughout this whole process," he said. "He felt disrespected; he felt like his manhood was brought into play because a guy [Seahawks GM John Schneider] could look you in the face and tell you that he's not going to take care of you at all -- considering what Kam chancellor goes on the field and does."
"His pride was part of the equation and, so, as a result of that, that's why he was so steadfast and resolute in his commitment to holding out."
Pride. Real original Kam. Next time you decide to take your offseason into late September, at least try to come up with something a little more interesting than "I was emasculated by a multi-million dollar job offer." Alien abduction. An artsy film you were working on. Something; though, we're not blaming him for feeling disrespected given the massive contract extensions Schneider handed out to Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas and Russell Wilson. That'd piss us off, too.
But still, given that Chancellor's feelings were so deeply hurt, it's hard to understand we he decide to end his holdout now. Smith continued, citing the distinct possibility someone very persuasive got in his ear...
"I think the loss to Green Bay on Sunday night, how they looked in the fourth quarter after taking a 17-13 lead, how the defense appeared to have fallen apart, I think that really, really hit home for him and I don't know if he'll admit it or if any of those other guys will admit it, I don't even know if they'll acknowledge he talked to him, but I suspect -- I don't know for sure -- but I suspect that the great Ray Lewis had something to do with talking to him as well."
Ah, so Ray Lewis doing a little hostage negotiating, eh? Makes sense -- the man is very compelling.
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