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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: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2011 5:22 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Amen Crickaway!!!!   They need to realize that their next option is to work everyday for minimal money compared to what they are currently receiving. Please step out so someone else can step in who'll appreciate what they have.

Since: Apr 25, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:53 am

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Seriously with comments like Petersons I give the owners permission to dump these fools and grab collegiate athletes and whoever else wouldnt mind making at LEAST 6 figures. Give me a break, no where else would getting over half the profit share be a functioning or acceptable business model. Players will be in the league, if they're lucky, 10 years. That's a bump in the road compared to what the people who are responsible for making the NFL what it is today. The businessmen and NFL/Team founders who built this great professional sports from nothing. Todays players are not responsible for the decades of work that has gone into this thing.Slavery? That's insanity. Please where can I sign up to be a slave?@ Iraqi Veteran, god bless you for your service to this country. It's is disgraceful and disrespectful to the average NFL fan who works 40 or more hours a week, with no offseason, without the millions, worrying about losing your home, or risking your life being away from your family for three tours fighting for our country in the case of our US troops. GTFO if it's so damn horrible AP, give me a flippin' break mon.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:36 am

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

What do you think, Adrian? Sound like the NFL? You're the expert. Strange, they didn't mention anything about football.

Have you been beaten today?

Adrian Peterson's rookie signing bonus is roughly 11 times what I'll make in a 40-year career.  He literally made as much by signing a piece of paper as I would be able to make if I lived (and worked) for 400 years at my current job.  That's about as far from slavery as you can get. 

To put that in perspective:  400 years ago Shakespeare was still writing plays, Manhattan Island had been colonized for less than a year, Galileo had just discovered that Jupiter had moons around it, and (coincidentally) the first slaves wouldn't be brought to the Americas for another 7-8 years yet.  That's how long ago 400 years was.  That same span of time is how long an average American would have to work to make what Adrian Peterson got paid before he ever played a single game in the NFL.

Slaves (in any country that still exercises slavery) don't get paid.  At all.  Ever.  Not even a little bit.  They get fed enough to get by, are allowed enough sleep to get by, are given just enough shelter and clothing to get by, and that's about it.  When he's being forced to work for minimal sustenance, no pay, and no civil rights, then we can toss around the word slavery.  Nobody is forcing him to play football for a living.  That's his choice.  Slaves don't have a choice.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:30 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Your funny irregardless. You call everyone on your silly little rants ignorant. Do you even know what it means? I personally think your warped in the head if you think that the owners are not profitable. Dude....listen, they would not be in business if they were losing money. Do you really think their losing money? The NFL shares with the owners. The owners profits from TV. I as a fan see players playing. I dont see owners.  They pay other people to do their job. I get that. You don't. So your just kind of funny in the head.

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 6:47 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

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Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2011 6:09 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Slavery!?  Who do you think you are?  You have no idea what slavery is.  You play a game and get paid millions for it.  Slavery is the fireman who is furloughed but comes in anyway because his community needs him.  Slavery is the policeman who also has to take furlough days but comes in because he knows he is needed.  Slavery is the nurse who works extended hours because they are short handed and their salary does not cover their student loan for their education necessary for their job.  Slavery is the teacher whose class size keeps on getting bigger, has to take furlough days, and whose salary does not cover their student loan on the education necessary for their job.  All these jobs are necessary to our society.  These are the people really struggling today while they work harder than they have ever been expected to. 

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 2:31 pm

Will The Real Modern-Day Slavery Stand Up? ...

Yo, Adrian! ... I just received a care2 action alert on modern-day slavery in Mauritania. Listen up ...


"It's estimated that 40 percent of the population of Mauritania, West Africa, is either living in slavery or has a relative who is.

Slavery in Mauritania is often passed down through generations, and slaves are raised in a social and religious system that reinforces the legitimacy of their situation everyday. Many slaves face beatings and rape on a daily basis, and have no legal way to stop it.

Mauritania criminalized the owning of slaves in 2007, but anti-slavery activists say that very few "masters" are ever prosecuted."


What do you think, Adrian? Sound like the NFL? You're the expert. Strange, they didn't mention anything about football.

Have you been beaten today?

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:27 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

While we are at it...How about we come up with a standard wording contract for rookies(1st round 5 years, 2-3 4 years 4th-7th 3 years), 1st veteran contract( 4 years), 2nd and beyond veteran contract(2 years each contract). The only thing negotiable is the money in the guranteed contract. EVERY thing else protects the players from losing on the guaranteed money. then we can do away with agents who rip off the athletes every year anyway and they can keep more of their millions.

Then leave a pool of money from the salary cap that MUST be spent on bonuses at the end of the year. That way compensation goes to those who helped the team in that year instead of up front.

There is no reason why wide receiver A should get paid $4M/year more than wide receiver B based on what production a team HOPES they will get out of that player. A team will be handicapped based on their veteran complacency(see the Cincinnati Bengals).

The Patriots have been competitive every year because they continue to tell players demanding large sums of money to get it elsewhere. Then those players that leave want back 2-3 years later. When they are actually on the team they are playing for future contracts and play at their highest level. Can't stand the Pats, but their management cannot be denied.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:12 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

For the most part you are correct, but this statement is not.
Oh don't take my statement the wrong way, I agree that the money is split way wrong. The 50.5% to 49.5% is pretty close to the last offer that the owners made and would insure we do not get back to this stage again in the near future if they merely ask for the $2B. Fact of the matter is though, in 2012, they will not be splitting a $9.3B pot because enough fans are already pissed off that they will lose close to $1B just for arguing about all of this.

The biggest mistake people are making is the whole opt-out. That was a legitimate clause written into the contract, it isn't like the owners ripped up the contract and said we refuse to pay the rest of the contract. The players had just as much a right to opt-out, but they had a sweet heart deal that they could only wish would continue on.

Each team pays on average $2.25M per player on their team each year. The players argue that the owners don't know how to split their revenue share, well look at the difference in player salaries...
The guy who gets people to buy tickets gets paid around $6-8M per year while the grunt players get on average around $600k(which is still a lot of money!) That is a 1000 % pay increase from the bottom of the barrel to the top! How about some of these top 10% pay makers give some of their money to help pay for the less fortunate's insurance...etc...You'll never see that happen. All the while they want to continue making more than the owners AND have the owners start paying veteran benefits for life instead of 5 years among other things. This while asking to work less hours in the offseason.

It sickens me!

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:07 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

I could not agree more than what was just stated.  Owners take the Risk.  Players have the privledge of playing for owners that carry the risk. They have few things to worry about besided staying healthy and doing their part to help the team win.  They need to start brining in the next 2000 players that would be willing to make a league minimum $250,000 a year.  If you dont like the risk then stay in school and become a doctor or lawyer and you may have a chance at making the fat cash the owners provide you in the NFL.  Greedy Bastards!!

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