Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee sat out today’s season finale against the Washington Redskins and lost $2 million as a result, according to Business Insider.
The $2 million was part of a bonus tied to playing time in Lee’s six-year, $42 million deal, of which he is currently in the second season. Lee further explained his decision, saying he didn’t want to “disrespect” his teammates by playing at less than full health.
“It was me who decided to not play,” Lee said. “It didn’t feel like I was going to be effective enough to help the football team … If I had a couple extra days I probably could’ve played, but it was completely my decision I felt like I was not going to be effective and not going to be able to help the team.”
“I’m not going to disrespect my teammates and my coaches and be out there not playing the right way,” Lee added.
Dallas lost to Washington 34-23 and though his teammates may have missed him, the Cowboys fell to 4-12 with the loss. If anything, it was good that the already injury prone Lee didn’t put himself at further risk.
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