Really though, this whole thing could have been done with a little more class. That's what bothers most people.
In the interest of level headed, intelligent football conversation I'd like to ask you a question, as I respect everyone's opinions but would like to weed out those that are being emotional from the nut jobs. This is not necessarily to you specifically Red, but to AceBoogie and anyone else here that thinks Gettleman is some sort of New York bully throwing his weight around. So here goes.
If you were Gettleman, how EXACTLY would you have handled this "situation"?
When giving your answer please give it some logical thought and take into consideration the following factors:
1. Being asked on the spot about Steve Smith's 2014 status with the team, without notice, and without having been given a chance to notify Smith.
2. Having a sit down with Steve Smith, laying out the situation at hand, and explaining to him he must take a pay cut for the team to be successful in 2014 and beyond.
3. Steve Smith refusing to take a pay cut.
4. Having Steve Smith going on the radio adding fuel to an already combustible situation.
5. Being a GM, you need to do what you feel is best for the long term success of the team.
When you reply please give thoughtful answers and explain why you approached it the way you did. Feel free to elaborate, I will not give a childish TL;DR back at you. I will have a rebuttal on if I agree with your strategy and if I don't, I'll explain why. I'll tell you in what is only my opinion, what I think would happen both with the media and fanbase based off the decisions you've made and we'll go from there in a civil debate.
Because I'd genuinely like to know how people feel that want to burn Gettleman at the stake, and why specifically they feel that way.