Robbie Gould, the Bears’ kicker and the team’s NFLPA* representative, says the lockout has a very simple cause: The owners, including the McCaskey family that owns the Bears, are greedy.
“Look, fans don’t buy tickets to see Virginia or Brian McCaskey,” Gould told the Chicago Tribune. “They pay to watch Brian Urlacher, Drew Brees and all the great players. This lockout is all because of the owners’ greed. I’m sorry if that sounds cold, but it is the truth.”
Gould is one of the many players who have bristled at the way the labor dispute has been labeled as “millionaires vs. billionaires,” noting that not every NFL player is a millionaire. Gould does say, however, that every NFL player makes enough money that they could have been saving up to prepare for losing paychecks this year, and he doesn’t feel sorry for the players who didn’t do that.
“I have been saving my money for this lockout for three years,” he said. “We have known it was probably coming and we were advised to save our money. I know a lot of guys who prepared for this and are fine. The guys who didn’t plan for it, that is their fault.”
But the lockout itself, Gould thinks, is the owners’ fault.