Redskins locate Kentwan Balmer

AP

When defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer left Redskins training camp almost two weeks ago, he did so without leaving so much as a note about his whereabouts.

That left the Redskins without any idea where Balmer went after he decided to clear out of camp and he didn’t seem to have much interest in enlightening them since he reportedly changed his phone number. Attempts to reach Balmer by the team, media and Balmer’s high school coach remained unsuccessful during the week, but Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday that contact has been made with Balmer.

According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, Shanahan didn’t offer much beyond that. He didn’t say who had contacted Balmer by phone and shared no information about where Balmer went or why he left in the first place.

Shanahan also didn’t address Balmer’s future with the team. Balmer has been placed on the reserve/left squad list and it’s hard to believe he has much of a future in Washington unless there’s a very compelling reason why he left camp without giving the team a heads up. It’s the second time Balmer has gone AWOL from camp after he pulled a similar stunt while with the 49ers in 2010.

27 responses to “Redskins locate Kentwan Balmer

  1. Balmer is under no obligation to tell the Redskins where he is. He’s an adult … he can do as he pleases. We’re not talking a runaway here.

  2. floriosfuglykid says:
    Aug 12, 2012 12:18 PM
    Balmer is under no obligation to tell the Redskins where he is. He’s an adult … he can do as he pleases. We’re not talking a runaway here.
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    I’d like to see how that stunt works for you and your employer. Welcome to the real world. haha

  3. It’s the second time Balmer has gone AWOL from camp after he pulled a similar stunt while with the 49ers in 2010.
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    Wow.

    Just, wow.

  4. “pa1856 says: Aug 12, 2012 12:36 PM

    I’d like to see how that stunt works for you and your employer. Welcome to the real world. haha”

    Unless he made the opening 53 he’s not an actual employee. Rather he is an interviewee. Also in the real world you need cause to fire someone and it can be appealed. So the NFL is not the real world.

  5. Zaggs

    First off, they get paid and are medically covered by the team and the nfl during camp, so they’re employes. (practice squad, ie not 53 man roster, are also employees. Second, if you’re deemed to not be good enough to play, that’s ‘just cause’. Balmier has the RIGHT to tell Washington nothing, but he clearly has the OBLIGATION to tell them why he left.

  6. “Also in the real world you need cause to fire someone and it can be appealed. So the NFL is not the real world.”

    Wrong. Virginia (which is where the “company” is based) is a right to work state. You can be terminated here without penalty by any employer for any reason. Just like you can walk away from any job at any time without penalty. The only caveats there are if you can prove some sort of discrimination or criminal activity… but good luck with that. That’s the real world as far as the law is concerned.

  7. Maybe he has a video game addiction like that one player, he had to finish a mission on C.O.D and didnt want to be interrupted, so explains why he changed his number and checked out (shrugs shoulders)

  8. Unless he made the opening 53 he’s not an actual employee. Rather he is an interviewee. Also in the real world you need cause to fire someone and it can be appealed. So the NFL is not the real world.
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    So he’s an interviewee, big deal. When you turn 14 and start looking for a job, try walking out in the middle of the interview and see how well that works for you. Plus he is, as you said, an “interviewee, not an employee,” and no one has ever needed cause not to hire someone. So the NFL is really kind of a lot like the real world (except for the part where everyone is a gigantic millionaire): Kentwan, Zaggs: better start getting used to it.

  9. Peytonsneck18 says:
    Maybe he has a video game addiction like that one player, he had to finish a mission on C.O.D and didnt want to be interrupted, so explains why he changed his number and checked out (shrugs shoulders)
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    You play a lot of C.O.D. don’t you?

  10. Unless he made the opening 53 he’s not an actual employee. Rather he is an interviewee. Also in the real world you need cause to fire someone and it can be appealed. So the NFL is not the real world.
    Wrong. An employer may fire an employee for any reason without appeal unless it is illegal discrimination or against the company’s own policies. (Which some companies are stupid enough to publish.) Welcome to the real world.

  11. Dude is a flake. No team should waste their time (or roster spot) on a quitter. Oh, and another thing…different states have different laws regarding their ability to fire employees.

  12. “Also in the real world you need cause to fire someone and it can be appealed. So the NFL is not the real world.”

    Even if this was true, not showing up for work for two weeks without contacting management would be just cause anywhere I’ve worked.

  13. anybody who has half a brain knows that what he did was just wrong. adults know that other people count on you to do what you say and what you’re supost to. also, the way things have been in the NFL i bet the REDSKINS wereworried about the kid and what might have happened.

  14. pg99bassist:

    While Virginia is a “right to work state” (I hate that euphemism and it has nothing to do with “just cause”) and most traditional employee contracts allow for termination of service with nearly no need for cause in Virginia, the NFL is hardly a traditional employer.

    First off, the boiler plate contract verbiage is agreed upon by the NFLPA and the Owners via the CBA. And there are probably pages upon pages of how cessation of services procedures need to occur. Most of the contracts that go above and beyond boiler plate are for the high free agent and well performing players, and this guy wasn’t one of them.

    In any case, your conclusion was correct, he was an employee, if he walks out, he’s no longer an employee and the team doesn’t have to pay him (per CBA rules, obviously this happens enough that they have a list for people that go AWOL). Your logic at arriving at that conclusion is flawed in that it has nothing to do with VA employment laws.

    Finally, yes, he is an adult and is able to make his own choices. He wasn’t obligated to tell anyone where he was going, but it was highly unprofessional and won’t make anyone go out on a ledge to help him find work in the future.

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