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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by RedFanAlways1966
    Pokey is 32-years-old. He'll turn 33 on June 10. I am not sure of the physical nature of this "incident". Pokey tends to be more immature than most people were thinking.

    I know he had a tragedy in his life (fiancee passed away unexpectedly)... but that happened over a decade ago. Since then he has done some things in life that just don't seem too smart or mature (and some seem selfish in nature).

    Whatever it turns out to be, I hope he gets his act back together. I hate to see someone self destruct for whatever reason.
    This is from a recent AP story about Pokey's disappearance:

    "The 32-year-old Reese, who grew up in a depressed neighborhood in Columbia, S.C., has been forced to cope with a succession of family tragedies. His fiancee died in a car crash in 1993. Three years later, the mother of his son, Naquawan, died while delivering a child fathered by another man. Naquawan went to live with his maternal grandmother and great-grandmother. Both women were murdered on Christmas Eve 1997."

    I certainly hope this isn't another Alan Wiggins type story.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Hmmm...I went back and googled Alan Wiggins and found this blip.

    Alan Wiggins; Baseball Player, 32

    Published: January 9, 1991
    Alan Wiggins, a once promising major league baseball player who undermined his career with drugs, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Sunday night. He was 32 years old.
    I know this isn't Pokey's story, but it wouldn't hurt to pray for the guy anyway.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Wiggins died of AIDS, IIRC. From what I've heard about Pokey, he liked to toke it up every now and then. Of course that doesn't mean he graduated to hard drugs.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    I've read precious little about recent events in Pokey's life. His girlfriend issues happened before he left the Reds. The most recent issue for him is his shoulder injury. My guess is it's not feeling right and he just quit.

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Would be nice if he told someone he was quitting.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Yeah.

    He could've, oh, I don't know, said he had a bum shoulder or something.

    Makes all the routine posts.

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamBoone
    Would be nice if he told someone he was quitting.
    I agree. This shows a complete lack of class and maturity.

    I felt the same way when RBs Barry Sanders and Ricky Williams quit in the same manner in the NFL.

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray
    I agree. This shows a complete lack of class and maturity.

    I felt the same way when RBs Barry Sanders and Ricky Williams quit in the same manner in the NFL.
    Barry Sanders and Pokey Reese should never be mentioned in the same sentence. It's a little different.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray
    I agree. This shows a complete lack of class and maturity.

    I felt the same way when RBs Barry Sanders and Ricky Williams quit in the same manner in the NFL.
    whoa there.

    Barry quit long before the season began - and after 10 years of stellar play at the top of his field.

    Pokey has a rep of being a quitter, this time he just decided to get it over with and do it as the season began instead of in the middle. This is just par for the course

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcclain19
    whoa there.

    Barry quit long before the season began - and after 10 years of stellar play at the top of his field.

    Pokey has a rep of being a quitter, this time he just decided to get it over with and do it as the season began instead of in the middle. This is just par for the course
    What do you mean long before the season began? Barry Sanders failed to show up to mandatory practices during the summer before the season began. He gave no explanation. He just disappeared to England. Barry took it to the 11th hour and then just didn't show up.

    In this case, the season hasn't begun. The Marlins were practicing before Spring Training games started and Pokey went AWOL. Very similar circumstances.

    Barry Sanders left his teammates and coaches hanging and never officially announced his intentions and he also tried to keep his signing bonus. The Lions had to take him to court and the judge had to explain to him that he can't keep a signing bonus for a multiyear contract he failed to fulfill.

    No question Barry's career was much more noteworthy than Pokey's but that doesn't give him the right to walk out on his teammates.

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray

    No question Barry's career was much more noteworthy than Pokey's but that doesn't give him the right to walk out on his teammates.
    Sure it does. If he didn't need the money and didn;t want to play anymore why should he let himself become a cripple playing for a crappy team?

    It just doesn't give him the right to keep the signing bonus.
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    Guys can walk out if they don't want to play anymore. Just don't expect another invite. Of course it you look at Pokey's career you have to wonder how much he really wanted to play in the first place. His career makes Reggie Sanders look like an ironman.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by pedro
    Sure it does. If he didn't need the money and didn;t want to play anymore why should he let himself become a cripple playing for a crappy team?

    It just doesn't give him the right to keep the signing bonus.
    I disagree. If he didn't want to play for a crappy team he could have told them he was retiring, in writing, preferably before the draft so they could properly plan. He didn't do any of that. He handled his retirement by not showing up to camp...no explanation...no communication with the Detroit Lions. Days later they tracked him down in Europe. You think being a star gives him the right to hang his team out to dry like that?

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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray
    I disagree. If he didn't want to play for a crappy team he could have told them he was retiring, in writing, preferably before the draft so they could properly plan. He didn't do any of that. He handled his retirement by not showing up to camp...no explanation...no communication with the Detroit Lions. Days later they tracked him down in Europe. You think being a star gives him the right to hang his team out to dry like that?
    No, I think being an adult gives him the right to not do what he doesn't want to. It's just football.

    I don't know what his motivations were for handling it the way he did but that's his perogative. I think he did a hell of a lot more for the Lions than they ever did for him. I sure don't feel sorry for the Lions.
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    Re: Pokey Reese goes from missing to unemployed

    To play devils advocate I went and looked up the Lions 1999 season and ironically they did make the playoffs that year.

    Nevertheless, perhaps the only thing Barry had decided at that point was that he wasn't going to come to training camp and that the decision to retire was a little longer coming.
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