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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 27, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:11 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

not trying to offend anyone, and i hope i don`t,,,, but if slaves were making millions, i bet we would still have slavery, and they wouldn`t be trying to be set free,, how he can compare this to slavery is an insult to all slaves before him,, this is just another player who is to ignorant to understand what he just said.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:09 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

They are several pages of comments on this matter and I have not read them all.  I have noticed several that are completely bashing Peterson for this "slave" comment.  There are many different ways that the term "slave" can be used.  It doesn't only have to mean being owned by a rich white guy and getting beaten for no reason all the while working for free.  In my opinion Peterson is saying the owners are holding all of the cards and are controlling everything.  Peterson has chosen to earn his living by playing football at the highest level.  If the owner's decide not to play this season what other options does he have to make money at his chosen profession?

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 3:09 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

You know what? I'm tired of middle America now trying to strip black people of the right to even mention slavery. Anytime a person even mentiosn the "S" word, a bunch of idiots jump up and try to claim reverse racism. What a joke. Guess what? Peterson can say whatever he wasnts about slavery. 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. Quite crying and deal. The biggest lie ever told is that the white male is being persecuted. What a crock. Furthermore how stupid is the average American anyway? White, black, or any race to support the owners, is to basically side against your own interests. 98% of the country is not rich, 98% of the country works for someone. Why in the hell would you side against the workers? The average American is certainly not an owner of a business anywhere near the status of an NFL team. Only in the minds of morons would people vote against their own interests. It's just like the dirt poor, people in the midwest and rural America, who are barely scraping by but for some reason keep voting the right wing politicians into office, who totally work against their best interests. And why? Because they think they can trace the root of their problems back to the civil rights act? There are a lot of people in this county who are really dumber than a bag of hammers. The owners in the NFL sit back and collect a huge paycheck, no one pays $100 a ticket to sit in a stadium and watch a bunch of old men sit in a skybox. The players MAKE the league. Without the talent you are left with the XFL! Yet people side with the owners? They are billionaires, and there are people on here who fight nail and tooth for their right to make even more money? Get freakin' real! And why? 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. That's what's patheric. Believe me if any of us could physically do the kind of things that the player do, we'd want to be compensated as well. Yes, for a league that make more th an 9 Billion a year, the main attraction wants a hefty slice of that pie and rightfully so...because no one would pay good money to watch average joes play football. C'mon folks get real, deal with the root of your issues.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:56 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners


Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:54 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Here is a list of people with jobs that are actually useful, and not just amusing, that will be "enslaved" for less than 1% of what your self-pitying behind makes in one year:

Teachers (they actually had to get more than a 2.0 in college, too)
Doctors (medical residencies are like 80 hours a week, but by all means complain about how much you have to work out)
Scientists (100x times the brain power for 1/100th the money)
Rocket surgeons (they don't exist, but if they did you would still make several times as much money)
Military personnel (risk their lives for 50K pre year, if that, to protect your right to make the retarded sums of money you do)
Engineers (they paid many thounsands of dollars just to get trained, as opposed to people like you, who people try to give Escalades to)
and so on.....

Did I mention that these people will all be expected to work for more than 10 years?  Hell, most of them will spend 10 years in various phases of training.  So yeah, we laugh at you.  We also want to smack you upside the head, but since that would be a really bad idea we just quietly hold you in contempt.

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:44 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners


Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:41 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Now that is some funny $h1t!

Since: Jan 12, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:41 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

This is rediculous. You are getting paid millions of dollars a year to play football. Yeah im sure its hard work but damn Peterson, if you are smart and able to manage your money well you could quit the NFL right now and never have to work another day in your life. Yeah that sounds like slavery. Idiot. Ive lost all respect for you Peterson. Im now glad your not on my fantasy team.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:36 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

If his life is soooo tough, maybe he should quit. He is probably one of those players that spends every dime he gets too. The players say that the owners having been preparing financially for a lockout for the past 2 years which "isn't fair". They have known of the same possibility for the past 2 years. If they chose to spend rather than save, maybe they don't deserve any more. Owners have their "billions" vs the players "millions" because they are businessment who know to save and properly invest.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:30 pm
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