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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: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:29 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

I had an experience the last time there was an NFL work stoppage.  I was working for UPS as a loader and one of the Pro football players started working on the same line as me.  He lasted 2 days then I never seen him again.  I am not on either side in this issue because the owners want the first $2Billion.  Why not do something drastic and lower the price of tickets so I can take my family to a game.  As for the players, try working a normal blue collar job.  

AP you should have completed your education to know what it was like to actually be a slave.  I bet you dont have any scars from the whipping or you live on your owners property.  AP you are so bull manure.  You players will not last 1 month of the lockout. 

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:27 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

The owner of my company makes millions, his employees make thousands.

If he has a bad year we still make our thousands, but he may not make his millions. If he has a great year he may make a few more millions, but his employees still make their thousands.

Without his employees, the owner doesn't make millions - until he replaces and retrains new employees which costs him a significant amount of money, but ultimately gets him back to making his millions.

Sound much different from the NFL situation?

Facts of life Adrian "Slave" Peterson, facts of life.

On a side note it's a shame that I'll work for 40 years and never make as much money as a "slave" who spends 5 years in the NFL. Boo F***ing Hoo

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:22 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

It's amazing how you can admire players so much based on their athletic ability, but never stop to think about how spoiled and whiny they are. I thought he had his head on straight. Guess not. 

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:21 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds like an IDIOT

Surprised it took someone's dumb ass this long to play the race card.......

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:20 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

AP, I don't see you sleeping in a tent thousands of miles away from your family, eating food that was prepared 20 years ago then, wearing 50 plus pounds of body armour, and just wishing you could see your family next weekend.  That is what our Military men and women are going through each day overseas.  And they only get paid a penitence of what you make.  And they can't up and quit at anytime like you can. For if they quit, they go to jail, no questions asked. 

So take your high and mighty slavery and stick it where the sun don't shine.  I hope you break something before the next camp opens and your career is over.  I know that is harsh, but guess what you no longer deserve to an NFL player if that is the way you think.  Business or no Business, you have it better than a ton of people in this country you just spit on.

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:18 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

yikes, its not like modern day slavery AP, its your choice, dont like it? then quit. and there is football without you guys, they are all undersized nothing like NBA players, NFL should find new players like me, ill play for 100 bucks a yr. why pay somone millions? the ones who suffer are not the owners or players its the fans, the ticket price are bad. this is not gona be a good fantasy season for AP and other guys. once he gets the extra money he wont try.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:17 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Amen JJ.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:06 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

I used to have respect for Adrian Peterson.  Now, I don't have an ounce and never will.  It is a shame that he never decided to learn Black History in this country.  To even think that playing in the NFL, where you are paid millions and live in a free (although not perfect) country, is anywhere close to slavery is an insult to every American.  He should be ashamed of himself.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 2:02 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners


Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:57 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

yeah really getting ripped off by thw owners, they get paid millions so it sounds like a rip off to me. Get real!!!!

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