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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