By FRANK WARD
The arrest of Eagles offensive lineman King Dunlap proved two things:
1. The man needs a new ride, and
2. Not every NFL player is indeed a millionaire.
Dunlap was arrested and charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct for refusing to move his 2004 Escalade to another place to pick up his disabled father.
Whether or not you think Dunlap deserved to be arrested, the one thing that jumped at at us was that Dunlap was driving a seven-year old car. In fact, he was 18 when it was manufactured.
While we’d love to rip on him for driving an apparent used car when he’s making an NFL player’s salary, this does underscore the fact that not every player is raking in millions.
The NFL labor dispute is centered around the owners trying to make more money. And, while we all think players are rich, the fact is fringe players such as Dunlap don’t play a decade in the league. Many make close to the league minimum of $300,000. That’s a nice payday, but not enough to retire on.
Hence, Dunlap has an old car, one I’m sure looks nice and keeps him from being the laughingstock of the locker room. Still, he has to watch his money.
At the same time, King, trade in the Escalade for a new Explorer or something. You deserve to get a newer car instead of an expensive used one, bro.