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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: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:08 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

For most of you player-haters, your beef isn't really with them and never has been unless you're ultimately just jealous and racist.  From a financial perspective, which a lot of this labor dispute is really about, your actual beef is with the people that directly charge you for season tix, for DirecTV Season Ticket packages, for merchandise and the like.  You've been so hood-winked that you continue to pay more and more outrageous prices and in a lot of cases are even so duped as to be a mouthpiece for the owners.  If realities as mentioned in article link below could ever be digested and understood by you, you'd realize your folly and having fallen for the sham.  Call me if you'd like me to read it to you as well as explain some of the bigger words and what they mean. WARNING:  Article was written by a woman and not Rush Limbaugh or some other dittohead.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:07 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners


Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:06 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

What an arrogant little a$$WHoleeee!  Why don't you work a real job you selfish MFer!  You were blessed by the grace of God with really good genes . . . Congrats!  Not saying you didn't bust your butt, but you haven't busted it as hard as the millions and millions of hard working people of this country that pay your feffffin paycheck.  Not to mention that you just pisseddddddd on the graves of your ancestors you POS!  I hope you blow your knee out, make bad investments and have to work a real job someday.  

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:04 pm

Million-Dollar Slaves..... Unbelieveable

I can't believe fans would stick up for players or owners. People need to start thinking about uniting and quit giving these whiny millionaires and billionaires our hard earned money. The owners rip off our children with merchandise such as jersey's for $275 and there made in a foreign countries and then our kids look up to idiots such as ochostinko, rapists like Big Ben, and thugs like pacman "make it rain" jones. The longer this lockout lasts, the better it will be for the fans; more and more fans will see their all a bunch whiny basterds with very few exceptions.*****solution***** Taxpayers own their own teams. Players can only play in the region that they are born so that there is loyalty. No body makes billions(no billionaire owners) tickets cheap merchandise cheap food cheap, players don't make 10X-50x what the president makes (will totally eliminate jamarcus russell "get the money and run" type players).  

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 4:00 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

etManiac88:  "It really is slavery. If you remember, we paid the slaves millions of dollars and forced them to live in expensive mansions with a minimum of 2 cars to their name."

Clearly you haven't heard that sarcasm is anger's ugly cousin.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:58 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

It really is slavery. If you remember, we paid the slaves millions of dollars and forced them to live in expensive mansions with a minimum of 2 cars to their name. They were forced to buy the most expensive wines and champagnes and eat only the tenderest of meats. We made it so that we only paid them enough to feed a family of 100, and we refused to let them pay their own medical expenses. It was barbaric. Wait, you say thats not how it happened? But Peterson said it was, so it must be true, right? This guy is a joke. He thinks his skin color automatically qualifies him to make garbage comments like this. You make more than 90-95% of all Americans, regardless of race, and you have the nerve to call it SLAVERY??? This guy is so full of himself he might explode. Honestly you think anyone is going to take you seriously? You have no idea what slavery really is and frankly the slaves would probably be disgusted that you made the comparison in the first place. You're pathetic, Peterson. Thank you for showing America just how greedy and disgusting many of the NFL player really are.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:52 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

"If you're not black, then you can't...end of story. It's one of the small things that balck people are allowed to do that white people can't."

what a ferking idiot. the only thing "black people" (and yourself. mainly you) are trying to do is take ownership of words and phrases they have no right to.
somehow this dolt thinks that the only people ever to be enslaved are black people. sorry Jews, your time in Egypt didn't count. sorry debt slaves in Asia, you don't count. sex slaves from Russia, nope. Christian slaves in rome, too bad.
if you ain't black, you weren't a slave.

Turn off ESPN and read a book!

you are a moron............ end of story!

Since: Feb 1, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:52 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Desertlover:  This is just an example of the morons we have in pro sports.

Ok, rather than watching some of the world's best athletes try to carry or catch a football as another bunch of skilled athletes is attempting to rip the ball from his hands if not the head off his neck, why don't you spend your Sundays sitting in the library watching some egghead read a book for solve calculus equations?  Leave the football playing and watching for real men that don't mind a little spilt blood or fractured bones.  Football is marketed more for its head-splitting than for its atom-splitting.  If you were expecting to find a bunch of rocket scientists, you've been looking in the wrong spot.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:50 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Really?????? AP makes millions and he feels like a slave,,,Really dog !!!!!! I understand we all want to make more money in life, but dam yo, come work a day in the every mans life. 9 to 5 + OT, and thats if your one of the lucky ones who have a job. players need to just shut-up and just let there lawyers do the taking cause both sides, the owners, and players need to look at America right now and see how many of us wish we could make in a life time what they make in a year......nuff said....

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:49 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

D#&% Fine pay slaves are getting these days...where do I sign up?

Here's another reason to mourn the passing of the great Gene Upshaw. This was a man who loved the game and worked hard to forge a workable plan for both players and owners - which in turn provided a top-rate product for the fans (those who should be the main priority). His replacement is a union-happy liberal whoes prior job was working the campaign trail for a socialist president. Smith will put the fans last in his negotiations (or refusal to negotiate).

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