Re: Hey didn't you turn down 4.9 million?
I can understand turning down the first contract. I can even (maybe) understand the second. But after the first two, why not just say the heck with it and agree to sign with one of the teams thereafter? It may not have been much money, but take a chance, get into the organization and see if you can't work your way up.
It sickens me to blame the agent. If the agent lied, OK that's one thing. But it's not the agent's fault you didn't stand up and say no. There are ways around the agent if you feel you're not getting the best advice. I despise some (not all) agents. I think some of them cross the boundaries of simply doing the best they can for their client, and instead look out for their own financial gain. However, sooner or later, you have to take responsibility for empowering them and not standing up for your own interests.
It's a real shame. I am glad that kid has been able to cope with it. I'm not sure I could.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda