Bills’ Cornerback Shareece Wright Paid An Uber Driver $932 To Drive Him To Voluntary OTAs
OTAs, or organized team activities, are entirely optional. Players don’t have to show up, and they don’t even have to give a reason for not showing up, as stated in the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union. Absences only start costing players during this month’s three-day minicamp, when players can be fined a maximum of about $80,000 for an unexcused absence, according to Deadspin.
So, lets assume that a player, we’ll call him Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright, was in Chicago’s O’Hare airport when his flight to Buffalo got canceled the day before OTAs began. A lazy man like myself may pack it in and tell the squad he’ll catch them at mini-camp. But, you don’t get to the NFL by being a sloth, unless you’re Albert Haynesworth.
Shareece’s solution to the pickle: He called an Uber to take him all the way from Chicago to Buffalo, 532 miles.
Wright spent $632 on the fare alone, and according to his agent, sweetened the pot with a hefty tip. I guess during an 8 hour trip you really get to know someone.
The 30-year-old USC grad signed a 1 year, $775,000 contract with the Buffalo Bills.
[h/t For the Win]