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Matt Lindland talks about how he thinks wrestlers should get more respect and he doesn't like the fact that they our athletes are called amateur wrestlers, and thinks they should be called professionals.
Response to "I disagree with Jamie". Foxcatcher was a total mess and Dupont was insane. Wrestler's had total disregard for this man's actions because he allowed them to wrestler why they made a living doing it. There are wrestlers that we all respect that I will not name but you can read the stories on the internet that actually took money from the Dupont Trust after he killed Schultz. Other clubs wanted to kill the foxcatcher wrestlers during the trials because they took money. I believe it was Bobby Douglas that said if he could wrestle in the Trials he would try to kill the wrestlers still taking money from the Dupont Trust. If you want to be disturbed go to this link and read what happened. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-06-11/sports/9606110207_1_john-du-pont-dave-schultz-brian-dolph
Before I write my opinion I just wanted everyone to know you can find this information on the internet. When Team Foxcatcher existed wrestlers were considered professionals. They were paid to wrestle and it upset the other club teams that team Foxcatcher was attracting the best talent away from their training facilities (NYAC) by offering money to the athletes and giving them a place to stay in Newtown Square, Pa. Team Foxcatcher had 19 of the top wrestlers in the country and Dupont wanted to fill every Olympic spot with his wrestlers. Sonny Greenhalgh (NYAC) was quoted in the Baltimore Sun "I hate the way John Du Pont deals behind my back. We'd be better off without him him. He's turning these guys into professionals." (The Baltimore Sun, 1991) By giving them money they were professionals instead of amateurs and the USOC wanted that to change. After Dupont killed Dave Schultz the desired system was put into place. The regional training facilities and the facility in Colorado would host the wrestlers and barely pay them anything while the USOC gave themselves an executive lifestyle. This of course wasn't all bad since it allowed for wrestlers from all over the country to come in contact with our best wrestlers since a team like foxcatcher didn't pull the best wrestlers to one state, Pennsylvania. However, the absence of financial stability forced people into the UFC and guys like Cejudo would win an Olympic medal and parlay that success into money for him and his family. The absence of professionalism is how the current system works. That is why wrestlers don’t stick around for 2 Olympic cycles and jump at the opportunity for a pay day.