Show Me the Money! The Motto of Today's Professional Athletes

Jim CowanCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  NY Jet's Darrelle Revis attends ESPN the Magazine's 7th Annual Pre-Draft Party at Espace on April 21, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images for ESPN)
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So today I've decided to leave work until my company moves me to a better location. I also want to be the highest paid employee. I encourage everyone to do the same. Why not? I mean, this is essentially what we've got in professional sports right now.

This trend of inmates running the prison is nothing new, it's just getting worse.

Perennial baby Kobe Bryant publicly displayed his wish to be traded because he couldn't play nice with his teammates.

The annual Brett Favre saga continues to hold whatever team he's signed with hostage, grasping on every movement in the hopes of even a hint to whether or not he returns.

The LeBron debacle this offseason was possibly the most sickening display of media exhaustion of one particular subject. But even though I don't fully blame LeBron for the overexposure, he certainly did nothing to quell the storm.

Chris Paul felt left out and sad, so he decided he wanted to move as well even though he's still under contract.

And now we have Albert Haynesworth who has cashed a $21 million check, but doesn't want to play in the new defensive scheme and continues to fail or not complete his fitness test to keep himself out of training camp. Whether it be due to injury, power move or just plain laziness, either way it's a disaster here in D.C.

Even more egregious, in my opinion, is Jets CB Darrelle Revis who is set to make $1 million this year and is under contract for three more years. He is not showing up to camp until he gets what he thinks is due to him, for the Jets to tear up his current contract and make him the highest paid DB in the league, at over $15 million.

I am purposely going to leave out the many examples of criminal accusations against players in virtually every pro league and those respective leagues lack of, or inconsistent, disciplinary action.

There's one thing that many fans and media folks seem to forget or fail to realize. That professional leagues are a business, not unlike any other multimillion (or billion) dollar corporation. Actually the same can be said for each team.

If I fail to show up for work because I'm unhappy with my current condition, they move my desk, or I feel as though I'm ready for a raise, I will be fired. If I am a repeat drunk driver, I will probably be fired. If I tell my boss I'm going to leave the company but decide not to at the last minute, how many times before he tells me to jog off? If I take a picture of my junk and send it to a co-worker, I will be fired and probably be charged with at least an indecency crime.

So why aren't pros held to the same standards as any other business employee? Wins and losses, negative media, just plain ole cash?

There is such a thing called conduct unbecoming in the professional world. Just because a player has not been convicted of an accused crime should not determine whether or not action is taken from the team or the league.

There's simply no accountability for actions. And when there is, it's a joke.

Not that I ever expect it to change, though, as long as the casheesh is flowing. I do, however, expect it to get worse. No matter how much these guys want to believe they are not role models we all know, the truth is, they are.

I understand players getting their share compared to what's coming in for the owners, but let's be honest here—you think the dude digging a well out in some oil field is getting his fare share of the trillion dollar oil industry income? What about the teller at your multimillion dollar bank? The list can go on and on.

Deserved or not, the fact is these pros have lost sight of the fact that they play a damned game for a living—and get paid well to do it. Have some dignity; better yet some integrity and shut the hell up and play!