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Rookie takes job to make ends meet during lockout

Posted on: June 11, 2011 8:03 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 8:04 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

The stories are few and far between, but not everybody caught up in the lockout enjoys seven- and eight-figure paydays. In fact, for every claim that this is a fight between billionaires and millionaires, scores of team employees -- from the sales department to assistant coaches to even some of the players -- are living from paycheck to paycheck (or in some cases, trying to make their last paycheck last until there is actual football again).

Charles Clay is Exhibit A. The Dolphins selected Clay, a fullback out of Tulsa, in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. In a typical offseason, he would have been apart of rookie minicamp and team OTAs in May, and now he'd be preparing for training camp later next month. Oh, and Clay could have expected a six-figure signing bonus and a rookie contract that would pay him somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 million over three years.

Even though there appears to be progress on the CBA front between the owners and players, all Clay can do is wait. And since sitting on the couch doesn't pay the Bills, he's also had to get a job.

Details via the Sun Sentinel's Omar Kelly:

"The fact he’s no longer a student-athlete at Tulsa, and had no source of income has put him in financial turmoil," Kelly writes. "Clay’s in-debt to his agents and trainers, and the bills are piling up. So to stay afloat he’s been receiving day labor type work with a company called LPD, which has him cutting gas at oil wells, doing odd jobs like cleaning the jacks to make ends meet."

During an appearance on WQAM radio Saturday, Clay told Kelly that, “It’s hard times right now. I’m working little small jobs and things to get money. Not getting an income right now is tough, especially when I’m trying to have a facility to workout in, and have to pay for things like [trainers]. …

"It’s tough, but at the same time you’ve got to get by somehow," he continued. "I’m pretty sure there are other guys doing the same thing. Nobody is getting any kind of income. You have to get money some kind of way.”

As we wrote this morning, at this point in the proceedings fans have little sympathy for either side. They just want football. Turns out, so do the players who have had to take on part-time jobs during the lockout.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:49 am

Rookie takes job to make ends meet during lockout

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:04 am

Rookie takes job to make ends meet during lockout

TigerFan you are a damn tool. While lots of players DO do what you mentioned, this kid isn't one of them. He needs the trainer because it will help in his career. You can't ALWAYS get together with teammates who might live 700+miles away. It doesn't matter what kind of trainer or where you work out at, you still have to pay for it! Oh and your comment about the lockout pay. You clearly haven't paid much attention as they have already given out payments but they are based on if you were on a team the past 2-3 years I believe. Don't you remember DeMarcus Ware giving back his check and saying give it to someone who needs it? You can't get lockout checks if you've just been drafted. This kid is going about it the old fashion way and doing small jobs to at least try to help himself until he can get back to football. 

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 12, 2011 9:00 am

Used to be standard practice

At my age I can recall 50 years ago when even non-rookie players used to regularly hold jobs during the off-season to make ends meet.  I think this lockout will mo
st benefit those players who use it proactively as a taste of their life after football.  I respect this kid, Charles Clay, for taking on his responsibilities.

Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 1:29 am

Rookie takes job to make ends meet during lockout

I like the fact that someone out there in football land (or football-less land, rather) is actually taking the initiative to go get a JOB! Maybe a few of these other goofs that are getting arrested for smoking pot and just generally being idiot losers should've gone this route. Or the guys who are reportedly taking out huge, high-interest loans because they haven't bothered to save any of their millions...or are they somehow unqualified to work on an oil rig? I've met some people who work on rigs........and I can't see an NFL player not getting a gig if he applied.

Good on ya, Clay. Show the rest of them how this thing called life works, my friend.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2011 12:21 am

Give me a break..........

The players have "very high expenses"???  Who's fault is that???  The players aren't "earning" anything right now so why should they receive anything?  Hey, why don't I just run up my expenses buying things I really can't afford right now & then say I'm going broke & can't afford my necessities (regardless of if I spent all my money on non-essential crap) & then ask you to give me some of yours so I can pay those bills.  I could use a personal trainer to help me drop some lbs & get back into shape - any of you want to pay for that for me?  Only the best of the best though please - none of that YMCA stuff!  You know because even though I've done nothing to earn it myself, I still deserve it as much as those who HAVE worked hard to afford it right??

And shouldn't that fabulous union have some provisions in their "union dues" that cover their members for strike/lockout pay?  Seems like one of the most powerful unions in the country would have that all figured out on how to look out for their members should things like this come up.  

Are the owners greedy?  Probably.  The players?  You bet.  There's plenty of money for all & no one who is responsible should be going broke so I don't feel sorry for either side.  Get it figured out & turn the freaking page!

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:29 pm

pay up

the billionaire owners should give the players some expense money during their lockout--most of the players are broke and have very high expenses.  How are they supposed to pay all their bills if they can't get any money from the rich owners?

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