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.
Vikes' Peterson gets it right
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 5:11 pm