I always thought fans were being extremely selfish, if not out of touch with reality, to expect players to take a home town discount of any kind. I won't applaud the players that do, nor ridicule the ones who don't. The fact is most players are out of professional sports in under 5 years and most rarely see a max contract. The market determines your value. It doesn't make you a rational actor to steeply discount that value when the odds of you seeing that kind of money again diminishes over time.
"Why can't we tell the world that [as the Raiders' coach] you refused to play games in the segregated South, holding out to the point where they were canceled?' And he would stop me dead in my tracks and say, 'Hey, kid -- I didn't do it for publicity. I did it because it was right.' "