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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: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:38 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

If the owner's decide not to play this season what other options does he have to make money at his chosen profession?
Well, there's the CFL, the AFL, and the UFL, for starters, as well as several semi-pro leagues, from what I understand. No one has the right to be employed by the best company in their profession, regardless of skillset.  For example, people would consider Apple to be at the pinnacle of consumer devices right now. I'm sure there are many of the top engineers in the world that don't work there - do they have the right to work there just because they perform as engineers at the highest level, and are they being discriminated against somehow if Apple chooses not to hire them?

But what even gives him the right to make money at his chosen profession at all? There was an attempt to start a professional women's volleyball league several years ago that folded. Did the players from that still have a right to make money at their chosen profession even though there's no one to pay them?

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:30 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

I dont want to loose football, but I think to everyone that makes the millions should get a good reality check and loose their wages. I would be happy if the fans struck back and boycotted the NFL for profiteering off of the fans. This economy is in recession and they have done nothing but take take take. I couldn't agree with you more on the issue that the season should be cancelled, I wouldn't miss it one bit, actually, I think that a year off might do some good for everyone.

With america sitting on their couches getting FAT and drinking beer to a game to the ppl that get drunk at tailgates. Hell, people in ameraca might actually start to realize that the NFL doesn't deserve the fans it has right now!!!!!!


Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:30 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Please tell me people aren't seriously entertaining Adrian Petersons idiotic comments?? Seriously? Could someone please tell me the last time a millionaire slave existed? It apprears Adrian has taken too many shots in his short NFL career to compare these ridiculous contracts players are receiving in the current market, to slavery. I have a good idea Adrian, quit the NFL and take a job with the degree you earned in college... and really feel the crack of a whip juggling the idea of a 40 hour work week. Good Luck!  

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:30 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

PhilaPhan83, Really?.  And you were saying what about a bag of hammers?  Maybe next time you should deal with "Your issues" before making a fool of yourself.   Just saying.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:28 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

There are simply subjects that are too sensitive to use as examples or in every day conversation. Slavery, the holocaust among them. There is no way you can mention them and give them the gravity they deserve, and certainly not when it is being used to describea millionaire. It's just not smart. It is similar to making racial or sexual jokes because you didn't mean anything mean by them and thinking it;s ok. It's not ok. In many public jobs he would be fired for that comment. Personally I do not take any offense at any comments as they are not directed at me, and i consider the source and play it off as ignorance most of the time. 

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:23 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

I would have been fine if he had said that the NFL was pimping the players or somthing along that line, but the whole slave thing is plain rediculous! To make that comparison is just not a very bright thing to say and today I must say that I have lost a little respect for AP!!!! Spoiled player who is greatful for nothing and feels like he's getting the short end of the stick somehow. the NFL would be better without you AP or for that matter the world would be better without you and your extremely shallow outlook on things!

Great player, but obviously an idiot when he opens his mouth!!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:22 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Players are spoiled.  In every business from Dealing drugs to flows from the bottom to the top.  The lowest workers in the chain make the lowest wages. 

The guy running the drive thru window at McDonalds lives in an appartment and the owner of that store has a large house with new cars.  The drive thru worker completed an application to get the job..nothing more.  The owner put up 1 million dollars for the franchise, and works to make sure that the resturant is stable and capable of paying the employes while being an enjoyable place to work.  He can also look to expand and increase revenues.  Just because he is successful at increasing revenues, it does nto mean that he has to share the revenues with the employees.  The rela
tion the the NFL situation is he should understand that the employees hard work are what makes it possible to increase revenues.  In doing do it behoves him to keep them happy.  If not they will grow tired and find another job where they are appreciated more.  If they are already paid well they are not going to leave.

I really hope the entire season is cancelled.  The players will lose their salary and one year of their career.  That is a lot to forefit.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:22 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Modern day slavery? What a complete buffoon. Theres certainly room to call todays NORMAL grind made by 95% of Americans modern day slavery, but an athlete making millions certainly doesnt qualify. Blithering idiots.

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:15 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Thanks for the input Adrian. Just as a man should consider the cost before he builds a house or goes to war, you should of done some self examining yourself. You whine because you're away from your family? For what? A weekend?  Because of the economy I know someone who lives in Florida and has to work in D.C. Oh, by the way, that's at least 5 days a week and gets to see his family every few weeks. You're making your dough, bro. You're a big baby, grow up and get the nipple out of your mouth!!!!!

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:13 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Why are the FAN'S not braught up in this conversation. Why cant both parties take a pay cut and give back to the fans that gives you your millions to begin with.

Both the Players and Management are selfish. Give back and lower ticket prices so I can afford tickets...hell...I would even like to have free parking, because that is also rediculous...but selfish pricks just keep sticking it to us.

The union is there to help the players, so I cant blame tthem, but where are the fans brought up in the labor talks? Both sides will NEVER reach an agreement because both sides are too damn selfish.

As for Peterson, shut the HELL up, like you know what slavery is like? The fans know about the millions you make, so you have no room to talk, your just as bad as management. Why would the fans stick up for you if you cant even stick up for us. F-You.

Now wait and see what happens....guarenteed that ticket prices go up to make up for lost revenue of this lockout when it starts back up. The whole damn league is a f-ing joke.

oh, and Peterson.....without FAN'S, there is no football either, you errogant a$$hole.

It takes the fans to give up the money, to the guys working in the stands, to the businessment, to the marketers/investors that make the league, but its the fans that fork up the money! Without us there is just a bunch of players that are playing for fun. God forbid that one, right Peterson. Geesh....rant over

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