Getty ImagesCornerback Johnathan Joseph will be entering just his second year with the Houston Texans. Before that, he plied his trade for the Cincinnati Bengals. He sees the transition as an upgrade.
In an interview with his hometown newspaper, Joseph was making a point about how the Texans, in his opinion, are a first-class organization that treats their players with respect and care. Before he was done, he couldn't resist taking a little swipe at the penny-pinching ways of the Bengals.
In Cincy, we're told how much Gatorade we could take home. In Houston we get what we request. You get soap and deodorant at your request. You don't have a roommate on road trips.
Does it seem weird that the Cincinnati Bengals, who will spend about $100,000,000 on salaries this year, are worried about how much Gatorade Johnathan Joseph takes home? Yes. Does it also seem weird that Johnathan Joseph, who is playing under a contract that guaranteed him $23,500,000, is worried about where his Gatorade is coming from? Also, yes.
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was quick to defend the Bengals and their miniature Gatorade prohibition act. From a chat at Cincinnati.com:
I was told this morning about Johnathan's comments that were printed. It's my fault that I feel that a player doesn't need to take a dozen Gatorades home in his backpack each night and that we are paying him a salary. I'm sure that Johnathan would not have been one of the abusive players but it is my policy.
I say they're fair points from both men. I don't know who to side with. If I'm Jonathan Joseph, then yeah, I'd love to be able to hoard Gatorade and enjoy the 40 years of hydration science in every bottle, at my leisure, all night long. If I'm Marvin Lewis, then yeah, I think Johnathan Joseph can go buy his own damn Gatorade. Take your self to Kroger. Aisle 7. They have Riptide Rush.
I'm not going to draw any conclusions here. I'm sure it's not a shock to anyone that the Bengals are tight with a dollar. Maybe the Texans are a better organization than the Bengals (however you'd define that), maybe they're not. I'm not going to pick a winner in that fight, though, by how each organization chooses to go about Johnathan Joseph's electrolyte needs.
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