His intent was to appear cool to be part of something like that...without thinking the consequences through first. He should have zipped his lips about it.
I chalk the whole thing up to immaturity and think he has learned quite a bit since then. Like I've said over and over, I'd sign him tomorrow if the price is only 5/60 with 25 guaranteed. Shit, I'd be fine with him getting more than that and have said as much since this time last year.