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Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 3:09 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. EST: We held off on passing along Peterson's most explosive comment from this interview because there was initially a bit of confusion regarding the validity of the quote. Farrar included it in his original interview, but removed it soon after. But he later acknowledged that Peterson said it.

And what was it he said, exactly?  Referring to the owners' business arrangement with players, Peterson said, "It's modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too."

Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports Shutdown Corner scored a one-on-one interview with Adrian Peterson  just minutes after the NFLPA decertified, which means he caught the Vikings running back in a state of high emotion. Sure enough, Farrar’s interview with Peterson produced some gold.

Here is an excerpt; the whole interview was published Tuesday afternoon:

SC: We're talking about 15 minutes after the NFLPA sent in the paperwork to decertify, so the lockout's on everybody's minds. I've talked to a lot of players about this recently, and I always ask the same question — what is the message you want to get out to the people who love the game and are tired of hearing all the labor talk?

AP: We're business-minded, also. It's not just fun and games. A lot of football players, whether it's Sunday or Monday night — we're out there on the field, competing, hitting each other. But people don't see everything else behind it. It's a job for us, too — every day of the week. We're in different states, sometimes thousands of miles away from our families and kids, and a lot of people don't look at it like that. All some people see is, 'Oh, we're not going to be around football.' But how the players look at it … the players are getting robbed. They are. The owners are making so much money off of us to begin with. I don't know that I want to quote myself on that…

SC: It's nothing that I haven't heard from other players, believe me.

AP: People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money … the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money. I understand that; these are business-minded people. Of course this is what they are going to want to do. I understand that; it's how they got to where they are now. But as players, we have to stand our ground and say, 'Hey — without us, there's no football.' There are so many different perspectives from different players, and obviously we're not all on the same page — I don't know. I don't really see this going to where we'll be without football for a long time; there's too much money lost for the owners. Eventually, I feel that we'll get something done.

But this crazy idea about an 18-game season … I'm sure they want more entertainment and more revenue, but we're not going to see a pinch of that (the increased revenue), and it's just the business we're in.

SC: It seems to most of the players that if the owners had nothing to hide financially, and if the current business model was as unsustainable as they claim, they'd have no trouble opening the books and showing audited profit and loss per team. Is that your impression?

AP: Exactly! It's like … 'Well, show us.' We want more information, and they want to bull****, going around, saying this and that, just open it up and give us the information we want. If they have nothing to hide, just give us the information. Why not? Obviously, there's a lot to hide -- these guys are professionals, and they're maximizing what they do. But they know that if all this information comes out, the information the players want, it'll be right out there for everyone to see. It's a rip off — not just for the players, but for the people who work at the concession stands and at the stadiums. The people working at the facilities, you know?

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Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:55 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Kunta Kinte never made $10.73 million/year, even taking 250 years of inflation into account.

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:48 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Sorry, Chris Villian, but you missed this one. Couching "slave" with "modern day" is akin to catching an atom bomb with a baseball glove. This was an unconscious play on Peterson's part to blow things wide open. A black man playing the slave card is akin to a white guy dropping the "n" bomb. Once it's out there, it takes on a life of its own. In any context. As you can see from the rapid fire postings in this forum, everyone's now aware of the players' plight. Mission accomplished for Peterson, who merely wanted to share his fury. He did it with one word ... and he wouldn't dream of taking it back. News flash: enter Mr. Mendenhall, who -- far from lowering the slave card -- raised it higher, with "big words" he won't share with us because we wouldn't understand them ... because, really now ... what word carries as much weight as "slave"?

Get the picture?

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:46 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

AP you’re off your rocker you can chose to leave the game and get a real job do I need to show you the door?
#2 The NFL owners most defiantly need to come to a compromise with the player union perhaps a 60/40split 
60% going to the owners 40% to the players. 
#3 Players should only get a percentage of money guaranteed and bonuses SHOULD ONLY be granted by the player’s PRODUCTION ON THE FIELD. 

Get your heads out of the clouds and act like men we the fans are sick of the crying!

#4 All UNIONS should stop!  

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:46 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

crweber06, I fixed your statement

This simply just goes to show how dumb all blackpeople you are. 

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:42 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Good thing this guy is paid to run the ball and not use his mind! And it shows he didn't get his money's worth of an education at Oklahoma.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:42 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

In the words of the immortal philospher Frederick J Sanford: SHUT UP DUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:42 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

While the slaverry analogy is probably a bad one to make and too provoctive to be affective, the ability teams have to Franchise Tag players is incredibly unjust

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:31 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Adrian Peterson isn't going to make much of a case with fans with this drivel.

It isn't slavery-he can QUIT. and take another job that his experience and/or education will qualify him being a bouncer in a strip club, or maybe as a high school coach...making 100 times LESS than his "modern day slavery" paid him.  

I don't know of ANY other privately owned business where owners are expected to pay employees a contracted amount of their income. Why should they ? If a team lost money, would the players agree to give money back ? Billionares that invest in pro sports franchises DON'T NEED football to make a fortune...but Adrian Peterson, and all players sure need the owners to make their millions.

Even intelligent dogs don't bite the hand that feeds them.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:18 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

you people are grossly misinterpretting what he means.   Notice he used the mterm "Modern Day".   He made the statement in reference to the situation obviously being a slave to the owner in regards just taking whatever they want to give you and keeping your mouth shut and just doing what you're supposed to do.   

The problem imo has stemmed from Owners throwing too much money at paricular players.   Owners need to set a max in regards to how much money a player can be paid over so many years.   That way instead having players with massive contracts and then not having any money left to retatin quality players, you afford yourself the capital to reatain players pay them good money and guarantee them more of the money.   It's a win/win situation.   The players get nice contracts with more guaranteed dollars, the owners get to pocket more cash and everybody are essentially happier.    I blame the owners for not taking a stand in regards to limiting the max amount of money on these contracts.   I don't want to see a lockout but i think they need 1 to work out the kinks of the minimum and most importatnly the maximum size of the contracts. 

Also with all due respect to anyone on this board that may be a businessman or any entrepaneur of the sort.  I don't think there is a such thing as ethics in business. There is almost always a dirt trail in regards to how these "businessmen" make and attempt to make their money. wether it be inflated ticket prices or a very expensive hotdog. I just want too see some football put the provision in place that will make this things work               

Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:16 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

This simply just goes to show how dumb virtually all black people are.  

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