A lawyer for Rich Rodriguez says his client’s legal battle with West Virginia University is similar to a slave trying to buy his freedom.
As Michigan’s new football coach fights the school over a $4 million buyout, the CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL picks up a quote from Marv Robon, one of Coach Rod’s attorneys, who equates the Mountaineers’ monetary demand with the high price of fleeing from shackles & bonds in the 19th century:
“It’s like back before the Civil War when slaves had the right to buy their freedom. A penalty of $4 million is almost like a slave from Africa trying to buy his freedom in America. I think it’s an outrageous amount. It’s just not fair and it’s not related to any damages the university is suffering.”
Um, we’re not so sure that the contract problems of a Division I college football coach can compare to the decades of suffering & humility of an entire race. Especially since said coach is a well-off white guy.