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COVID-19: Blake Snell Comes Off as Tone Deaf in Refusing to Take Pay Cut

Blake Snell: “I’m not splitting no revenue, I want all of mine. Bro, ya’ll gotta understand too, cause ya’ll gonna be like ‘bro, Blake, play for the love of the game! Man, what’s wrong with you! Money should not be a thing!’ Bro, I’m risking my life, what do you mean money isn’t a thing? It 100% should be a thing. If I’m going to play, I should be getting the money that I signed to get paid. I should not be getting half of what I’m getting paid cause the season is cut in half, and on top of a 33% cut of the half that’s already there. So, I’m really only getting like 25%. On top of that, it’s getting taxed, so imagine how much I’m actually making to play? You know what I’m saying? I ain’t making sh*t, and on top of all of that money gone, now I play risking my life. And if I get the rona, guess what happens with that? Oh yea, that’s in my body forever. The damage that was done to my body is going to be there forever, so now I have to play with that on top. For me to take a paycut is not happening because the risk is through the roof… I’m not playing unless I get mine… In my head I’m preparing for next season.”

Doug Gottlieb: "Buddy, we're in a pandemic. THIRTY-SIX MILLION PEOPLE ARE OUT OF WORK. Those are Great Depression era numbers. Lots of people in the real world are either losing their job or getting furloughed... At the end of the day you're still a professional baseball player and at some point your wages will go back to the normal level. The rest of us are going to be left picking up the shrapnel of 'what does the new world look like? Will my job still exist?' I'm sorry but we can't pay you the same amount if we can't put people in the stands." (Full Video)

Listen to Doug Gottlieb explain why he thinks Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell should have chosen his words more carefully, after Snell made headlines Wednesday night for a livestream rant in which he said he’s not ‘risking his life’ to take a pay cut.

Check out the video above as Gottlieb details why Snell’s comments lack perspective, and that Snell should be thankful he’s a professional athlete with a multi-million dollar contract, and not one of the near 40 million Americans who currently don’t have a job during the coronavirus pandemic.

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