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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: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:51 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

AP's comments are purely not thought out.  Comparing what is happening to the NFL players to what slavery did to the Africans is not even close.  NFL players are paid better then most Americans they have unbelievable lifestyles and almost anything they want.  Now lets see slaves were beaten, starved, raped and murdered and when they finally did become free men/women they still faced persecution.  Ride in the back of the bus, you can't go to school with my children or eat in the same restaurant's I do and you must also use different rest rooms.  What we have in the NFL is spolied children whinning they want more and owners not wanting to part with it.     &n
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:45 pm

Coming from a BLACK MAN

Adrian Peterson, if you are a modern day slave....WHERE DO I SIGN UP??????
I mean...didnt you make $17 million last year as a slave?

Perspective: you got paid more money for 5 months to work  to play a game than I will see in17 lifetimes slave.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:42 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

This season sounds like it's "Gone With the Wind."

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 5:35 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

"Don't start with a history major/teacher" <--- Still laughing at this. Go back and reread your history, because I guarantee your understanding is tragically flawed (e.g. "3/5 compromise" - go back, reread, maybe get someone to walk you through this, then repost something more accurate). And to think someone is teaching this sort of rewritten history to kids is disheartening.

If pro sports is slavery then I want in! I'll take the multimillion dollar contract and AP can go get a real 9-5. Enough with the "poor me" nonsense, it's pathetic. Almost as pathetic as changing contexts to fit your argument ("I'm talking about in the U.S. only context because I don't know how to respond to that sort of criticism toward my fatally flawed viewpoint")... just sad.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:55 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

I'm sure that "the people working the facilities" are prominently featured by the former Player's Union as needing a susbtantial raise, and that the players will underwrite this increase out of their portion of the revenue - I understand that this is the real hold up in negotiations.    Solidarity forever, right?

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:49 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Typical uneducated, selfish athlete.  Slavery???!!!!  Really???!!!  Shut up and carry the damn ball you maggot.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:35 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Hey PhilaPhan....whats your point anyway? So black people were slaves...sorry about that and I'm not down playing sucks, but slavery and what we got going on with the NFL and the players is not even remotely the same thing! Not even a tiny bit!!! If you just want to get on here and just get somebody riled up it looks like it worked but to me you just sound like you want to make white people feel bad for thinking Peterson is a fool!! We'll I dont feel bad...that guys an idiot!  Any rational person of ANY color should be able to take a look at the issue at hand here  and without ANY debate say that AP is a moron for making that comparison! The rest of what you said doesnt really matter here...this is a sports site bro!!!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:32 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners


NFL and PLAYERS SUCK!!!!!!!!!

Give back to the fan's. Someone PLEASE acknowledge that its the fans that help the players and businessmen get rich. The first side to start sticking up for the fan's and showing US some support will ultimately win the arguement and have fan support base around them. which, in case you (the Players AND managers) dont realize how valuable we are, maybe we will show you how important we are by BOYCOTTING..

UNTIL THEN......F-YOU NFL and PLAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I HOPE AND PRAY that the league shuts down...and I personally wouldn't care if it were permanant at this point. not like I can afford to go to a game anyways.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:13 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Wow PhilaPhan83, you are really dillusional.  Can AP say whatever he wants?  Of course, this is a free country.  But to liken being a player in the NFL to slavery is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.  People had there lives stolen away from them, beaten to within an inch of there life and didn't get anything to show for it.  How does that even remotely compare to what he is going through?  For him to say that is completely direspectful to anyone who was a slave and all of there descendants and it is a real shame if you can't see that. 

Also, for your information, there are white players in the NFL so anyone having an issue with AP's comments are not doing so because "they don't like to see a bunch of black athletes making millions of dollars and enjoying a high quality of life than they do" as you so pathetically put it.

People like you can only see things in racial issues.  This is not even close to that.  It is a matter of respecting the history of what slaves went through without demeaning it with ridiculous comments.

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:09 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Hey gforce...guess what you should go do to yourself? Use your imagination...Don't start with a history major/teacher, you don't know what you're talking about...and did I miss the part where I said I was black?...I suppose that no white person should actually tell the truth huh? U.S. slavery and slavery in the ancient world were completely different ancient times, slaves were often treated as member of the family, with rights, and could often earn their freedom...In America, families were separated, language and culture was completely stripped away, as to rob an entire group of people of their cultural identity. Oh, and they were not considered people (remember that "3/5" of a human being thing?) The truth is what it is. A lot of people are made uncomfortable by it, but it doesn't mean that it didn't happen. In America, which is the context of this discussion...only black people were enslaved. So yes, only black people can say whatever they want to about it. Gosh, weak men are so easily frightened and intimidated. Guess its time to go renew that NRA membership. I get it, you love to play the victim cause if it's all self defense i guess it's easier for you to live with yourself. Loser.

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