Saturday, August 8, 2009

Is Paula Abdul Doing A Latrell Sprewell?

Paula Abdul has reportedly demanded a raise to $10 million per year to remain on "American Idol" in coming seasons, including the next one (for which auditions began this past Thursday). The show's producers had offered her a raise to $4 million per year (from her prior $3 million per), an amount she has rejected out-of-hand, apparently.

This reminds me of the time in 2004 when aging NBA star Latrell Sprewell turned down a three year contract offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves worth a guaranteed $21 million. Apparently insulted by the offer, which was a pay cut compared to what he was paid under his prior, expiring contract, he dismissively brushed aside the offer with the memorable phrase,"I have a family to feed."

He never played in the NBA again. Last year his yacht was reposessed and his mansion in Milwaukee was foreclosed upon.

1 comment:

  1. It would be interesting to see how many "Sprewell-Effect" cases there have been during the last 12 months. Of course, I think of Trevor Hoffman who blew off a $4M offer from the Padres.