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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."
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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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Comments

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

worldbme takes ignorance to a whole new level.
And is determined to prove it at every chance he gets.



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:59 am
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

This should be as simple as sharing the TOTAL revenue split 50.5% to the owners and 49.5% to the players, forget about this off the top crap and jus tmove on from it. That way the ownership will always be making more than the players and both will grow at the same rate.

For the most part you are correct, but this statement is not.
The Owners pay for everything, including player salaries, so the split without the money off the top should be closer to 65/35.

People tend to forget not only team employees are paid out of that 9 billion dollar pool, but all NFL employees. And there are a lot of people that are paid from it, everything not paid to players is coming out of the owners up front money, and percentage of the shared pool.

The owners make far less than the 10% less than the players.

The "all the rest is pure profit" nonsense is just that, nonsense.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:46 am
 

Peterson sounds off

Hey Peterson, next time I deploy to Iraq for a year away from my family, will you pay me more money so you can keep playing football for a living? I didn't think so.  Please consider your audience the next time you decide to whine about time away from your family.  Your off season affords you more time with them than 95% of the rest of those people who pay your salary...the fans.  So how about you be grateful that you get paid a sick amount of money to play football.  Please don't cry about to more games on yor schedule that you could get hurt playing because I don't whine about protecting your sorry butt when the bullets are flying in Iraq or the enemy places an IED in my path.  How about you put on your pads, cross the picket line and be gratful to make millions to play a freakin sport.



Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:40 am
 

Enough is Enough

I side with the owners because the players don't risk jack crap.  The owners used their own money to purchase the franschise, tnhe pay the electric bills, flights, bus, loker rooms, practice facilities etc.. What do the players pay for...jack crap.  Do the pay for the sorry Ryan Leafs or Michael Vicks that are a bust or convict? Nope. Let the players leave the NFL and try and make the money they do with their sorry basket weaving degress.  I will wait for the ticket prices to go down beause we aren't paying the Manning's and Brady's a rediculous amount of moeny to play football.  Go see what you make with your basket weaving degrees and you will be more than happy to play football for 1 million a year you ungrateful brats. No one feels sorry for the players. Bill Gates is a Billionaire because he doesn't pay his staff MILLIONS.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:55 am
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

@worldbme

Hey keagy..you need to shut your trap. You dont know what your talking about. No one needs to kiss the NFL's ass. The players make the NFL buddy. I didnt watch the scrubs or replacement players. And who would? Obviously you are in the minority. No one enjoyed watching these guys play. Especially when they are NOT the professsionals. No one will pay to watch the 2nd team. Remember when you were in HS and no one watched you because you didnt make the varsity? Idiot
The players don't make the NFL, they are enjoying their ride on the bus that IS the NFL.

If they are what makes up the NFL, then it is simple...stay decertfied, form a players professional league OWNED by the players and let's see who is standing 5 years down the roaad...

They are not smart enough to run a league on their own otherwise there would be a league to over take the NFL by now.

The owners' employees make up the NFL and the players are part of that employee pool and also the product, only they get compensated better than some of the others because they arer also the product. Look at it another way, if the NFL had not grown it's product there wouldn't be $9.3B to fight over. The players didn't grow the league, they merely played the game THE SAME WAY PLAYERS HAVE BEEN PLAYING THE GAME SINCE 1922 WHEN THEY OFFICIALLY BECAME THE NFL.

Players come and go, but the NFL has grown it's product globally and the players are merely a cog in the machine. This whole issue is at hand now, because the ownership legal bargaining counsel made a bad deal in 2006...period. Now they are trying to right the ship and it is getting messy. In 2006 they took their $1B to for expenses and they were still making about 10-15% more than the players...now only 5 years later the league grew at such an astounding rate(thanks the the NFL marketing team) that the players are now making making over 10% MORE THAN THE OWNERS.

What owner of any company should give over 50% of the profits to the product(players)?

This should be as simple as sharing the TOTAL revenue split 50.5% to the owners and 49.5% to the players, forget about this off the top crap and jus tmove on from it. That way the ownership will always be making more than the players and both will grow at the same rate.

Sorry but you a wrong, basically what you are saying is if all the players quit today, there wouldn't be an NFL...well that just isn't true...the product would be less than adequate for a couple of years until the player pool is replenished, but it would go on.

On the other hand, if the players started a new league...it would fold within 5 seasons....I bet if you polled the players on a decision, whould you rather continue playing under your current contract or tear it up and play for a team that YOU THE PLAYERS own, they would be split about 90% going back to the NFL instead of RISKING to make their own league work. The owners took the risk and continue to take the risk...the players continue to come and go.






Since: Jan 3, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:29 am
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Well, I for one thought Keanu Reeves was great in the replacements. Just sayin



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:52 am
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Exactly lodger161. Its about time some common sense on this thread. They are not selling their teams because they are a profitable business and do not want to prove it. They want more from the players and especially us, the fans. And folks on this thread are acting like the players are the problem. They are wrong. The owners don't have to sign the contract either! It goes both ways. The only time an NFL owner and franchise moves is after threatening a city to build a tax-funded stadium. A stadium they should pay for. Not the fans. I mean c-mon already, the tax-breaks we give these wealthy billionaires should cover that right? Folks...quit sticking up for the owners. They don't care about you(fan).

I remember being a 12ys old hockey fan when the owner of the Minnesota North Stars moved the team to Dallas. He just killed the fans in Minnesota. Why? Because he could make more millions. And did. He sold out the FANS. The owners in the NFL profits are way more than the cost of players, coaches, and the entire organization. Im sorry but the millionaires win this arguement over the billionaires.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:11 am
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Hey keagy..you need to shut your trap. You dont know what your talking about. No one needs to kiss the NFL's ass. The players make the NFL buddy. I didnt watch the scrubs or replacement players. And who would? Obviously you are in the minority. No one enjoyed watching these guys play. Especially when they are NOT the professsionals. No one will pay to watch the 2nd team. Remember when you were in HS and no one watched you because you didnt make the varsity? Idiot



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:07 am
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

What would have happened if a white player would have said the exact same quote that AP did?  Guaranteed the NAACP, Jesse Jackson and whoever else would have jumped all over him.  And they certainly would have had the right.  So why does AP get a walk with his immature, selfish, disrespecting remark? 



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:17 am
 

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

for example, How did they bring back the three strikes laws Which were ousted in the civil rights era because of the rich locking up the poor forever and getting free labor, like theyre doing again! or Like how the elite (pharmaceutical companies) distribute millions of pills out there everyday Pain pills that are addictive But when one of our partying youths get caught with just one pill They have them charged with a felony! J young kids prone to mistakes get felonies for f@^&ng pills and for their whole life the elite can now pay them less because they are x-cons! Its like everyone else is sooooo dumb and Im smart and that is scary to me, because Im insane and I have to admit it! But as insane as I am I still have kindness and dignity and love for my fellow man in my heart whereas all I see around me in this world is the jealous hear-ted!
Or how they keep raising taxes and DMV fees etc but our wages and benefits are decreasing. And people I know act like this is OK. Even though there are more people paying more taxes than ever you sheep believe we are broke and that all tax money must go to the military budget. And you believe the senators arent in bed with big corporations and you believe haliburton isnt stealing at least 90% of the actual money from every defense contract they get. And you let them tell you they cant be transparent with the money because of national defense.And I just sit here and think Im in some kind of science fiction novel. Noone knows what God and Christ were really about Everyone is jealous of everything and everybody else,, its like living around a bunch of grown ups with the minds of 11 year olds. It is scary! Like alcohol it kills millions and causes violence but is perfectly legal,, while a plant that grows here cant be burnt and inhaled for a mild relaxation feeling because its illegal! Thats childish and stupid.
Or like our mortgages Why do we sheep baaaa baaaa Pay the man 5% interest when he pays us .001% on our money?

Or now theyre into taking away your right to organize again, and so many men and women gave their lives so you could have this right. And most of the people I know act like they want to give it up!!! Like they dont even know what it means,, Are you really this dumb that you say Oh its ok let the govmt and the rich tell me I cant organize Im cool w that,, REALLY ???! Or like taxes. Why do the rich and big corporations pay a much smaller percentage than us??? Baaaaaa Baaaaaaa. And soon theyll have you believing that the govmt is broke in debt and you gotta keep paying taxes but no benefits will be given cause its all going to pay back debt and the military the war on terror. Why do we pay taxes every year on our cars and homes when we only bought the thing once? I gues because we are losers who didnt heed the warnings of our forefathers or our Gods and we have become the weak minded sin driven punks that old guy said we were gona become if we kept watching tv and having premarital sex. Well here it is fols I hope you like it, welcome To modern day slavery!


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