Buster Olney makes the following observation about the post-firing Bobby Valentine:
Rival officials believe that Bobby Valentine’s relatively muted response to his firing may be tied to some kind of financial incentive, which is not uncommon in the sport. In other words, people are sometimes paid to not criticize.
Yes, non-disparagement clauses are common. Of course, given that Valentine is under contract through next year already, the Sox would have had to give him something else in exchange for a gag order. Unless of course the non-disparagement clause was in his original deal in the first place. Or maybe Valentine is just taking the high road here.
And, actually, given how most of the disparagement surrounding Boston managers in the past couple of years has been about them and from anonymous front office sources, one hopes that Valentine gets a little financial kicker whenever the inevitable Boston Globe story comes out this fall airing all of the dirty laundry from the 2012 season in a manner that reflects poorly on everyone except ownership.