Cincinnati Reds star Brandon Phillips says his $72.5 Million contract was “a slap in the face”


Cincinnati Reds star, Brandon Phillips, has raised a few eyebrows this week, after comments he made to a local Cincinnati magazine here published.

Phillips was speaking openly about his contract worth, six-years, $72.5 million that he signed last year. Phillips called the contract a “slap in the face” and that he’d been lied to by general manager Walt Jocketty and owner Bob Castellini. “I haven’t paid attention to what people are saying. When someone wants to do a story about you and they want to ask questions, that’s what it’s all about. It’s about people asking questions and you don’t back down from any questions and you tell them how you really feel. I don’t feel like I said anything wrong. I didn’t disrespect nobody. If I did, it’s someone in the front office,” the All-star said.

“The thing is, they know what happened, so I don’t understand why everything’s a big deal. And fans, I didn’t say anything, I love this city, I love Cincinnati, I’m happy to be here, I’m happy with the contract that I got. I’m happy for Joey (Votto). I talked to Joey about it, Joey doesn’t really care about what they say. He understands. He respects what I said. I say things other people won’t say, that’s the type of person I am. What I said. I didn’t say anything wrong. If I said something wrong, tell me what I said wrong.”

Just after Phillips signed his contract, the Reds front office offered first-baseman, Joey Votto a $225 million deal. Do you think Brandon has a legitimate complaint about his deal versus the deal that the Reds were able to come up with for Votto?

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