Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review
To steal a line from the movie “Rocky IV” and apply it to Mike Wallace: “You can’t win!”
Mike Wallace can’t win, and won’t win this showdown with the Steelers.
The Steelers disgruntled wide receiver failed to show for the first day of training camp Wednesday, officially making him the first non-rookie holdout since Hines Ward seven years ago, and the Steelers aren’t happy about it.
Very out of character, Mike Tomlin voiced his displeasure a number of times during his opening press conference.
“Obviously on a not so positive note, Mike Wallace isn’t here …”
“He’s not here today and that’s unfortunate for him …”
“This group who are the Pittsburgh Steelers will continue to push on …”
“When he shows up, he shows up …”
“I won’t focus on him until he gets here …”
And who can blame the Steelers?
The two sides were making significant progress with contract negotiations, but with Wallace deciding to hold out, everything has come to a screeching halt.
Whoever is giving Wallace advice isn’t helping his cause whatsoever.
Nothing can and will be accomplished by holding out … at least nothing positive.
First and foremost, Wallace isn’t going to intimidate the Steelers at all. So if that is his plan of why he is deciding to hold out, he’s misguided.
If the Steelers shut off Ward in 2005 when he held out, I am sure they won’t blink when it comes to Wallace.
And it is safe to say that Wallace won’t win any popularity contests with the fans.
There’s no worse recipe for disaster to a player’s public persona that to quibble over money. Pittsburgh fans won’t stand for it.
Wallace has put himself in a lose-lose situation, and he didn’t have to.
There is nothing good that can, and will, come out of holding out, and the longer it goes on, the worse it’s going to get.
It’s likely that Wallace will show up by the beginning of the week meaning that his mini-holdout was just to reinforce his displeasure.
But now, it’s not good for both parties involved, and Wallace has nobody to blame for that except himself.