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Vikes' Peterson gets it right

Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:11 pm
Finally, we have a voice of reason on the NFL lockout -- and it's not only a player, it's Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.

Yes, the same Adrian Peterson who earlier this year compared the NFL to "modern-day slavery," an unfortunate statement that showed little respect for history and less for the slaves who were part of it. But now it's Adrian Peterson who's telling us that there will be no hard feelings when the lockout ends because, as he told TMZ LIve, "it's business as usual. You never get what you want, but you can get close to it. So I'm sure that's what it's going to end up being."

Well, hallelujah. Don't tell me the lockout was a waste of time because it caused Adrian Peterson to understand what some of his colleagues, like James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall, do not -- namely, that this isn't a morality play or about who's right or wrong. It's about business, pure and simple.

As one player's agent told me in March it's all about "me trying to shaft you, you trying to shaft me, and at the end of the day we shake hands and get an agreement." Yeah, I'd say that about nails it.

Business talks can get rough, and this one did -- but don't tell me that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is "a devil" just because you didn't get what you wanted. Take it up with your lawyers. Or the guys negotiating a new CBA. Or maybe take up with the courts.

Oh, I forgot. They did. And the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the owners.

This isn't a popularity contest, people. Owners are trying to get the best deal they can for themselves, and DeMaurice Smith is trying to get the best deal he can for his players. But the landscape shifted along the way, with the courts upholding the owners' lockout, and that weakened the players' hand.

Hey, it happens. You win some. You lose some. And some get tossed out on appeal.

So now you change strategies and start anew -- which players did. That Goodell and league attorneys are trying to get the best deal they can for club owners shouldn't come as a revelation. That's what they're supposed to do. It doesn't make Goodell a bad man; it makes him a businessman,, and sorry if you don't like it. That's just the way it is, and at least Adrian Peterson understands.

"These owners," Peterson told TMZ Live, "they are in their positions because they worked hard, they made good decisions. So of course they're going to try to get the best deal for themselves. So it's business."

And that's all it is.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 10, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:59 pm

Vikes' Peterson gets it right

If they were working in sweat shops I would say they are being exploited. When employees are making millions of dollars they have no room to complain about pay. I hope all of these players get robbed by the taxman.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:29 am

Vikes' Peterson gets it right

Hey, this makes me like Peterson. Here is a guy who actually gets how the world works. It's a long way away from his slavery comments which makes me smile inside. I might just be pulling for Peterson to have a great year now.

Since: Jun 27, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 9:49 am

Vikes' Peterson gets it right


How are they exploited?  Because someone uses their talents to make money?  How is that different from any other profession?  The kid who works at McDonalds.  McDonalds, I guess is exploiting his burger flipping ability.  However, I figured that is just "employment" or "having a job".  It sounds crazy, I know.

See both Peterson and the kid at McDonalds have some things in common.  Both of them have bosses.  Both of them have to work and operate in accordance with the regulations set forth by their employer.  (In other words, both are bound by a contract and the policies that go with that.)  Both, if they would like can turn down their job and go find another one.  If they were to leave, the two would probably be up for similar jobs.

The differences:  Adrian Peterson is scheduled to make over 7 million dollars next season.   A kid at McDonalds might make 9 dollars an hour.  If Adrian Peterson quit the NFL, he would have over a million dollars to cushion himself in his job search.  If the kid quits, he may have a couple 100 dollars (if he is good at saving) to cushion himself in his job search.

So, what is the negative in Adrian Peterson's "exploitation"?  Does he not like playing football?  Is he getting a lousy salary, that he can barely get buy?  Does he have bad health insurance or bad dental?  Does his boss call him worthless or act as if he is expendable?  What is it that the owners do to Adrian Peterson that bares any comparison to slavery?  Slavery means the same thing whether it is "Modern Day" or under the reigns of pharaoh.  Slavery is doing work without pay.  That is the definition of the term today and in the past.  There is nothing...absolutely nothing like slavery, other than the fact that he is required to do work.

If this were like slavery, there would be no lockout.  Why?  Because slaves have zero ability to negotiate their salaries, or working conditions. 

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 9:47 am

Vikes' Peterson gets it right

Funny, i dont recall slaves gettin paid millions. AP shouls be thankful he is a slave of our time. makes me wanna puke.

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:26 am

Vikes' Peterson gets it right

Peterson didn't say he was a slave. He said the current relationship is MODERN DAY slavery. In other words, the players are exploited, which is true.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:24 pm

Vikes' Peterson gets it right

He cashed millions of dollars of paychecks from the NFL, then said he was a slave.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:50 pm

Vikes' Peterson gets it right

I guess the "slave" will be ready to go back to work.  Hey, he said it!

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:49 pm
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Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:34 pm

Vikes' Peterson gets it right, yeah right!

He get's it right because he's in line to make upwards of $10,200,000 in 2011. Tell me would you complain?  I don't think so!  Folks I love football as much as any other fan and can't wait to see the situation resolved, but to take sides when we don't really know let alone understand what's being discussed between the owner's and the player's is kind of stupid!  Let's not speculate who's right or wrong until both sides execute a deal.  Then you can read the book or buy the T-shirt and tell us all about it.
By the way, someone who makes a comment about slavery in the context that Peterson did and then makes the comments above trying to make people think that he is now on board and everything is cool, is actually no more verbally or mentally rehabilitated than Charlie Sheen.

Good luck this fantasy season gentlemen!
The Turk 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:44 pm

Vikes' Peterson gets it right

That's the part that makes it hard for fans to understand. For fans it's an interest, a passion, even a fanaticism, which makes everything take on a much more personal, emotional element than it does for those directly involved for whom it's just business. Of course, just like there are those who take it personally when they can't negotiate a raise for themselves or have their benefits cut by a company, there are players who are taking a lot of this stuff personally. But at the end of the day, Peterson is right - it's business, on both sides, and when it's all over, both sides will shake hands and get back to the business of playing football, and eventually most of this will be forgotten.

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