While perusing the internet, I’ve come across multiple accounts from Chicago Bears’ defensive end Julius Peppers, recounting his “sour” departure from the Carolina Panthers. Seriously?
The Panthers invested a lot of time and money into keeping this guy around, and in the end, it was a mutual split. When quoted as saying such, there should be no “yeah, but,” involved. A mutual decision means two opposing parties agreed on one common vision.
They wanted to go in a different direction and I did, too. So it was a mutual split. –Bears DE Julius Peppers
During Peppers’ time in Carolina, the Panthers tried twice to make him the highest paid defensive player in the league. Both times Pep refused; including the offseason following his three-sack season.
Carolina made Peppers a couple of offers in the 2009 offseason, and again following the 2009 regular season. As I remember correctly, their offer fell short of $1.5 million what Chicago offered Peppers.
Peppers, now playing for the Bears on a five-year, $91.5 million contract, felt betrayed by the Carolina Panthers, in that there were no parting words offered him from general manager Marty Hurney nor head coach John Fox. Apparently, Peppers’ understanding of “mutual decision” is skewed. When two sides agree mutually to go in different directions, there is no need for parting words. The deal is done.
Not to worry, Julius. No other player on the team — Jake Delhomme aside — received special treatment when they received their dismissals, either. Just ask teammate Chris Harris or former teammate Brad Hoover.
Pep wanted his payday, and he got it. He even made such statements that he had always wanted to play for a franchise with so much history behind it. In the end, Peppers got what he wanted, but now he’s whining for an apology and is still upset that fans accuse him of taking plays off? Deal with it! Stats are more than just numbers, especially when one reviews the stats and sees which games, at what time, and which teams these stats occur against. Peppers might be able to fudge the story a bit, but his stat line has a difficult time lying as well as he does.
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