MT got $18 million more than what he would get at Colorado and an AC budget in the company of playoff teams.I’m sorry, keeping your word, doing what you said you’d do, what people relied upon you to do is not “impossible” in light of an unexpected offer of big money.
If it is “impossible to refuse” the big offer looming out there, then your commitment to anyone, your word, your character is meaningless. What if Giselle decided I was far more fun to be with than her stodgy QB husband? My wife should plan on dinners alone from now on?
And there are plenty of examples of people with the character to turn down huge pay days or enticing offers because they already made a commitment, even had what they needed (though fewer these days, it seems): e.g., Billy Beane, turned down an offer to be the highest paid executive in sports to stay with the A’s and fight the good fight, for one.
And let’s talk about that extra money, over and above the $14+ million contract five year he already had for keeping his word, being who he told kids he was.... Once he owns a really great house in Boulder, say $2 million. How much gold-leaf will his family have to burn through in their lives to tap out that bank account before paying for his kid’s college and leaving a massing estate behind? What horrible investment plan is he setting up? What freakn’ Robin Leach-ass lifestyle is so essential for the rest of their lives, that sacrificing his character, honesty, and integrity is “impossible to refuse”?
And who thinks that kids who are left huge fortunes by their parents end up as great successes themselves? Huge pots of money are not the end-all, be-all of “taking care of your family.”
It’s not impossible to live your life by your word AND take great care of your family AND not screw people over and lie to them when a big bag of money lands in your path.
When did this idea that enough money can justify any action become part of the American idiom?
It’s not like his family was on the street, living hand to mouth, starving; and someone came up and said, “Hey, why don’t you ass-mule these drugs to Panama, and I’ll set your family up for life.” Who knows, maybe there’s an ethical argument as to it being impossible not to choose ass-muling in that case.
But, he had a $14 million dollar contract already! And he would keep it, enjoy it, maybe expand it as a fairly young coach; all for keeping his word, being a the man of character he claimed to be.
How have we created a system where that is deemed “impossible”?
As Chris Rock stated, people are only as faithful as their options. Your GB example doesn’t apply. Your wife is safe.