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Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix explains absence from OTAs

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Packers' Ha Ha Clinton-Dix explains absence from OTAs

-- The death of a loved one is as good of a reason as any to miss out on a three-week phase of offseason practice sessions.

That was Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's situation since graduating from the University of Alabama early last month, leaving many to speculate that the safety's absence was related to his contract.

Despite Clinton-Dix entering the last year of his rookie deal signed in 2014, there was little incentive for him to show up to the offseason program due to the lack of financial workout bonuses in his contract.

However, the passing of his Godmother, Alisa Dorsett, lingered the most.

"I had family issues," Clinton-Dix told ESPN on Tuesday. "I lost my Godmother at my graduation; guess she was excited to see me graduate. Just had a heart attack Came back here and had a foundation event, and she lost all brain activity that Wednesday. It's challenging at times but my family means everything to me. If I have an opportunity to be home with them, I'd love to be home with them."

Dorsett suffered a heart attack on May 3 while in Alabama for Clinton-Dix's graduation and passed away six days later. Any chance Clinton-Dix had to spend with his family in such troubling times, there shouldn't be any doubt that he'd pounce on that opportunity.

Even during OTAs, which are entirely voluntary. 

"I don't have a signing bonus to be here, so that definitely played a big role in me not being here, honestly, along with my Godmother not making it," Clinton-Dix said, according to Michael Cohen of PackersNews.com.

Dorsett tutored and helped mentor Clinton-Dix through high school and college, and even attended several games at Lambeau Field after the Packers drafted Clinton-Dix.

"It's kind of like, I can just stay home with my family and enjoy my family time while I have the downtime. When the season kicks off, it's just me up here. That's life, shit goes on from time to time. But I'm excited not to have that bonus in there though, honestly, because I definitely would have been here for my money."

Clinton-Dix was on the field for the start of the Packers' mandatory minicamp practices, which began Tuesday and run through Thursday. After that, their summer break will lead into training camp in late July.

The Packers opted not to draft a safety to pair with Clinton-Dix on the back-end of new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's defense, even after losing Morgan Burnett in free agency.

That likely means Clinton-Dix will be paired with Kentrell Brice, as last year's No. 61 overall pick, Josh Jones, is expected to play exclusively in the box as a hybrid linebacker where he displayed the most comfort in his rookie season.

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV and a contributor/analyst for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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PatrickGB's picture

The free safety position seems a bit thin. But HHCD did not miss a game last year so perhaps it’s not a concern for the coaches.

4thand1's picture

I apologize for my remarks on an earlier post about Ha Ha not being at OTA's. A death in the family is hard sorry for his loss.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

There's a lot of mixed messages here. His full quotes are very off-putting.
You might not have all that much to apologize for. I am just filing this in the back of my mind, but it makes me slightly less likely to support re-signing him.

TheVOR's picture

H2DIX, sorry for your loss. Have a great option year, and go get a ring, and make some money..

PAPackerbacker's picture

Family always comes first, no matter what. Sorry for your loss Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Rest in peace Alisa Dorsett. Have a great year Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Looking forward to watching you and the Packers advance to the Super Bowl. Go! Pack! Go!

Handsback's picture

I just lost my sister so losing a family member is tough under any circumstance. Really don't care if he misses all of the OTAs...just come back a beast for TC and the season.

dobber's picture

This account paints a somewhat different story.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/06/12/packers-min...

In the end, the OTAs are voluntary and he lost nothing financially by not being there. He may lose a lot financially in the future by not having a good 2018 or by taking a long time to get up to speed on the defense.

Whatever the case, I'm good with the Packers going out and getting a Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid, or Tre Boston (I think he's still available) on a one-year deal and making it a competition for the FS spot and a long-term deal. HHCD's up and down showings make me wonder about whether he's worth a long-term investment.

Lare's picture

At this point, if his starting spot is in jeopardy I think HHCD's highest value to the team is in a trade. As you say, there are other decent options available and his value will plummet if he becomes a problem child in the locker room or gets injured (either real or imagined).

Razer's picture

A lot of mixed messages coming out about Clinton Dix and his OTA absence - many generated by Ha, Ha himself.

...I'm excited not to have that bonus in there though, honestly, because I definitely would have been here for my money...

"I would have been here for the money"?? So the money would have tilted the decision? If he'd shut his mouth, I wouldn't think twice about it.

His play at the end of last year told me what I needed to know about Clinton Dix.

Spock's picture

Razer, I have to agree that that money comment (from Ha, Ha) really didn't sit well with me.

Qoojo's picture

I think it was all about the money. I am not even sure if he was related to his godmother. It's just an excuse to make it not seem as financially motivated as it really was.

“It’s not meant for me to be here,” Clinton-Dix said. “I don’t have a signing bonus to be here, so that definitely played a big role in me not being here, honestly, along with my godmother not making it. It’s kind of like, I can just stay home with my family and enjoy my family time while I have the downtime.

“(This year) I’m excited not to have that bonus in there though, honestly, because I would have definitely been here for my money. …

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