Folks, you might want to sit down for this one, because it is going to fill you with some kind of emotion. Anger. Sadness. Pity. Disbelief. You might even find yourself laughing, albeit sympathetically.
You see, Tarell Brown, a cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, is out $2 million for failing to show up to the team's workout program.
Yes, you read that right.
Cornerback Tarell Brown had triggered a $2 million escalator to his 2013 base salary and was scheduled to earn $2.925 million in the final year of his contract. However, since Brown opted to do his offseason training at his home in Texas, instead of participating in the 49ers' workout program in Santa Clara, Calif., that escalator has voided and his base salary has returned to his original $925,000, a source with knowledge of Brown's contract details confirmed to "Shutdown Corner". Brown was also scheduled to receive a $75,000 workout bonus, but that has vanished, as well.
As you might have guessed, Brown has fired his agent after learning about all of the money he lost—news he first heard on Twitter, of all things, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle:
#49ers CB Tarell Brown said he "parted ways" with agent Brian Overstreet today after learning he'd forfeited $2 million in base salary.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) July 26, 2013
How did Tarell Brown find out he’d forfeited $2 million in base salary: “Twitter,” he said. #49ers— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) July 26, 2013
In case you were wondering: Tarell Brown's recently fired agent, Brian Overstreet, does not represent any other #49ers.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) July 26, 2013
Most people will never earn $2 million in a year, let alone lose that amount of money for failing to show up for something as basic as a workout. Seriously, can you imagine having the chance to win $2 million for showing up to some team-building conference but missing it because somebody forgot to tell you about it?
Brown is in the last year of his contract, so he might be able to make that money back on the market after this season, though he is 28 years old. Still, he's started every game for the Niners over the past two seasons and was excellent last year, registering 57 tackles, two interceptions and 14 pass deflections.
But you can bet that $2 million he lost in the worst possible way will haunt him until he gets that next contract.