Posted 20 January 2009 - 10:58 AM
Not everyone has been kissing Peps ass. Several of us on the board where willing to trade him last offseason because of the very reasons that everyone is now citing.
Actually, I would have been one of the blind homers when it comes to Peppers if I had never went to training camp. It was there that you truely see the difference in a team/organization player like Smith, Delhomme, Williams and others and the ones that for all about me. Peppers doesn't care about anything except himself and money. Thats not a bad thing but if you are like that don't expect people to love and respect you and want you to stick around.
I'm sure the same things I saw at training camp were evident in the locker room. Bucker does have a gruge with Peppers but I don't think it's about money. It's more about the perception that most fans have of Peppers compared to the real Peppers. Honestly, how many threads have been started over his career with Carolina about him laughing and smiling after a lose? There was a reason he was laughing and smiling, he doesn't care about the team or the fans or the organization. He cares only about himself.
Want further proof? Read his statement his agent released last Friday night. Most on here assumes that Pep wants to go to a team that will compete for a championship. That was never said. All Peppers said he wanted was to become an elite player. Maybe its just me but in a game where playing as a team is more important than any other sport, focusing on being apart of the best team amosphere should be more important to the goal of winning championship than becoming an elite player. But thats just shows you what Peppers goals are.
Sorry for the rant but thats JMO.