I think the majority of people are upset when a bunch of millionaires and billionaires are in a pissing match about money when the average paying fan makes a yearly salary that most players make in a few weeks.
I'd support most other walk-outs, strikes and lockouts when the average worker makes no more than 6 figures a year, especially teachers. This was just a situation that could've been avoided.
To be fair, I won't boycott the team, we all know that will be impossible in this area. However I won't be attending any games or buying any merchandise for quite some time.
But should they not care as a result? When they renegotiate it's about protecting interests - both present and future, not something that they abandon because "well, we make enough".
Sure, these guys make ridiculous sums of money and they're not in there, fighting tooth and nail, for survival, like others who have contracts on the line. But they make the big bucks for a reason - they sacrifice any form of privacy or normal life. They miss their children's milestones, like birthdays and first words and first days of school. They risk possible career ending injury that could affect them for years after they retire. Should we feel sorry for them? No, absolutely not. But it's also understandable that, despite what they make, they still have their interests at heart first and foremost. That they go into battle just like those others, with the same mindset. Somehow people expect something different?
This is also the Lu mentality - that, somehow, the money dictates everything. People have argued about his earnings as if, somehow, that should have made him infallible. Perfect. The paycheque doesn't take away the fact that these are everyday people performing everyday functions. Negotiations are about protecting the future as well as just the present....so these guys have to set a line and, when that's getting pushed back, this is what happens. But I don't know that fans should carry a grudge...I certainly don't.