UPDATE: It just keeps getting better. Now Dunta Robinson hints that he might skip training camp. I’m afraid this situation is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Dunta also hints about how the negotiation next season will now be even more difficult. Still think he might sign a long-term deal? I don’t.
Unbelievable. I can see Richard Justice now, plowing through and bowling over co-workers at the Chronicle, salivating and typing like a machine gun.
From the above ESPN link:
“Tagging was out of the question according to Rick,” Robinson told The Associated Press. “I was told that. I just feel betrayed. I’m disappointed that they lied to me.”
Great. Who knows who said what, but Rick Smith is about to get hammered by the Chronicle again, and as I said in the previous Dunta post – don’t count on the long-term contract coming down anytime soon, if at all.
“Because of my teammates and because of this city and my family … I really don’t want to leave,” he said. “But a situation like this makes it much, much harder to stay.”
Look – I am obviously a huge backer of Dunta – and while he may well have been “betrayed,” he also has to look at this from an organizational standpoint. The guy had a horrible, devastating injury. Sure, he came back probably faster than anyone thought – but just because he’s a good guy and great teammate, it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t take into account the fact that sinking 20+ million dollars of guaranteed money into a guy who ADMITTED HIMSELF that he never reached 100% last year is a HUGE RISK by this team. A team, you will recall, that has been in all kinds of salary cap hell in the past because of bad personnel and contract decisions.
Dunta might understand all of that. He might ONLY be upset because he felt like he was lied to. Still, this doesn’t bode well. It’s February, and there’s still a bit of an icy chill in the air.
This is clearly just the beginning. More updates as they come.