This offseason I've really been wondering if holding out can be justified. At first, I was completely against it but over time I've started to sort of agree with it. It's a true that a player should be loyal but look at it, a team isn't loyal to a player in most cases. If a player has a really bad injury, he can be dropped. If he underperforms he won't be paid. But if a player out performs his contract then he doesn't get more money? It doesn't make much since that player's career and life is in complete control by the team he plays for.
In the case of Terrell Owens, I'm starting to side with Owens. Yes, I know that T.O. does have a very bad reputation but he is a top reciever in the game and is EXTREMELY underpaid if you examine contracts around the league.
It's also true that there is cases around the league where players are holding out and they don't really have anything to hold out for.
I guess what I'm saying is, from now on when I see a player holding out, I'm going to look at how they're performing and what their contract is rather than automatically assuming that the guy is a jerk.