Lorenzo Booker boycotts UFL finale

Three years after entering the NFL as a third-round pick in the draft, running back Lorenzo Booker effectively ended his UFL career by boycotting his team’s regular-season finale.

Paul Doyle of the Hartford Courant reports that Booker sat out Saturday’s game between the Las Vegas Locomotives and the Hartford Colonials in protest of the league’s $150,000 transfer fee.  The Colonials overcame Booker’s absence to upend the championship-game-bound Locos, 27-14.

Booker spent 2007 with the Dolphins and 2008 with the Eagles.  Like many UFL players, Booker is hoping to get back to the NFL.  Though folks like Commissioner Michael Huyghue and UFL part-owner Mark Cuban think that NFL teams should be happy to pay for quality players, Booker and other players believe they were lured to the UFL with promises that the transfer fee would be waived after the UFL season ends.

“I told him by playing he would have an opportunity to get out [of the UFL],” coach Chris Palmer said, per Doyle. “By not playing, I think that wasn’t going to bode well for him.  I didn’t think that would be the message he would want to articulate for [NFL] teams that were interested in him.  But as a coach, if you try to force them to play and they go out there and get hurt because their mind is not in the game, I think you’re in a situation where you’re looking for trouble.”

Trouble has found the Locos, whose quarterback situation suddenly is in flux.  Chase Clement threw three interceptions in his first career start, and he eventually was benched for former start Drew Willy.

“It’s definitely up in the air,” coach Jim Fassel said regarding the question of who’ll start next weekend’s title game against the Florida Tuskers.

Maybe they can offer an NFL team $150,000 for a quarterback.

12 responses to “Lorenzo Booker boycotts UFL finale

  1. good for Booker, the UFL needs some more teams and maybe people would pay attention,
    5 teams come on, 8 or 10 teams at least, 5 is a joke, 8 game season is a joke,

  2. The UFL needs to realize it’s the UFL.
    Players should be able to be added to NFL rosters at ANY time until the playoffs start.
    That transfer fee will not stop pro teams in need from picking up players.
    If I was Carolina I would have taken Jeff Garcia in a heartbeat.
    He walked away from Oakland because he knew he was better then Jamarcus Russell.
    The UFL need to get that interaction with the NFL to provide live football entertainment to smaller markets.

  3. thetooloftools says:
    Nov 21, 2010 12:15 AM
    The UFL needs to realize it’s the UFL.
    Players should be able to be added to NFL rosters at ANY time until the playoffs start.
    That transfer fee will not stop pro teams in need from picking up players.
    If I was Carolina I would have taken Jeff Garcia in a heartbeat.
    He walked away from Oakland because he knew he was better then Jamarcus Russell.
    The UFL need to get that interaction with the NFL to provide live football entertainment to smaller markets.

    ________________________________
    Garcia was cut… He didnt walk away
    Do your homework and dont believe everything espn tells you…
    Florio u nervous about the game? Raiders win u gota give the site to me

  4. Lorenzo Booker was raved about by the eagles as the next b-west a few years ago only to be a giant joke. In his first preseason he fumbled his first several touches on the ball. He was awful.

  5. Joseph Heller would be proud: The only way to be noticed by the NFL is to play for the UFL, The only way to get picked up by the NFL is to boycott the UFL.

    Genius!!!

  6. Mike, why do you despise the UFL so much? I truly don’t get it. It seems like your entire career is based around hating this league. Do you not like football, or are you that much of an elitist tool that you think we should hang a big sign that says “NFL in-progress: Football’s closed”? I didn’t know it was such a problem to have an alternate football league and actually have a second option for pro football in a time and age where there are literally thousands of different choices for EVERYTHING we are interested in.
    I’m flat-out asking you; why do you hate the UFL so much?

  7. And no, the UFL should not make players available to be plucked away from their respective teams and just shipped off to any NFL team that wants them. What a b–ch move that would be to actually allow that. They are a business, and they’re trying to get a return on the services they’re offering. If players want to be available to play on an active NFL roster, I think the UFL is doing the right thing with charging a fee to be released from their contract. If a player doesn’t agree with the transfer fee, don’t sign the contract that states that you agree to it.
    Not for nothing, but this policy was in place since the inaugural season. Why is this a big deal now?

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