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Buono was asked if he’s concerned about the state of the B.C. Lions.
Apparently the question struck a nerve.
“If I told you ‘no’ then you’d say I’m an idiot,” said the Lions’ head coach and GM. “If I told you ‘no,’ you’d say he has to be the stupidest guy in the world. How can he be here as long as he has and not be concerned?
Loyalty.“Remember one thing: I didn’t come back to coach to put myself through this misery. I came back because I felt the franchise needed to be stable and we needed to win some more games. Do you think that’s been resolved?”
It is not just fans that Braley is torturing. Put Wally Buono on that list. And prospective buyers.“This is miserable,” he said. “You think I’m having fun? You think I need the money? Come on. I don’t need any of this.”
Cut Braley loose, Wally. Your loyalty to Braley should not come at risk to your health and happiness.“Believe me, I know (about the problems) more than anybody. I’m the only one here. We have no president and David (Braley) has a lot of things he’s dealing with. He’s trusting me.”
That would make it about money, not some other kind of reason, such as emotional attachment, et cetera.One source said if Braley would have gotten $20 million for the Lions, the deal would likely be concluded by now. But you just have to look at the current condition of the team and their attendance figures to know the asset isn’t exactly at its peak.
No one owes that kind of loyalty to David Braley. Cut him loose, Wally.That leaves one other explanation, and it’s disturbing. There’s some thought that, despite his public statements, Braley won’t sell the team. Instead, he’ll hang on and try to talk Buono into another year, and that would spell disaster for the Lions.
Wally has loyalty to David Braley. Wally also has loyalty to the Lions franchise, and, indeed, to the CFL. It might be time for Wally to have a serious talk with David Braley about it being time to move on, for both men. If Wally moves on, for any number or reasons, I expect David Braley would decide somewhat quickly, that it is time to sell the team.
Just IMO ...