Adrian Peterson: Players’ Place In NFL Like ‘Modern-Day Slavery’

The current NFL labor situation has all of the involved parties pretty upset, and we may be seeing the beginning of some tempers boiling over, based on comments Adrian Peterson made to Yahoo Sports.

“It’s modern-day slavery, you know?” Peterson said of the players current place in the NFL. “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.”

While Yahoo has removed the comments from the original story, author Doug Farrar confirmed them on his Twitter page.

Peterson’s comments are sure to upset many fans and human rights activists, but they aren’t shared by all of his fellow NFL players.

“I have to totally disagree with adrian Peterson’s comparison to this situation being Modern day slavery..false..” Packers’ running back Ryan Grant said on Twitter. “Their is unfortunately actually still slavery existing in our world.. Literal modern day slavery.. That was a very misinformed statement. But I understand what point he was trying to make.. I just feel like he should have been advised a little differently.”

  • Marvv

    What an ignorant comment. If it weren’t for football, he would probably working in a fast food joint instead of living in a multi-million dollar house and driving a Jaguar.
    What a moron!

  • Joe Danger

    Comparing the worst atrocity in American history to being paid millions of dollars to plays a kids game shows just how ignorant these athletes are.

  • Danimal

    You get what you pay for. As they ahve said above where we these guys be without the NFL in jail in all likely hood. How many of them are making the news for beating their girl friends or shooting guns off in public.

    Two edged sword where woudl the owners be without the players.

    We need to also keep in mind players sre not finding a cure for cancer or saving the world either. They know only on thing take not give back to society

  • Aloha

    If playing football and making millions is the same as slavery then sign me up. Does he realize how many people would love to be in his shoes?? Why would he put playing football and slavery as being the same. He needs to just worry about holding on to the football. Just because you make millions doesn’t mean you know what you are talking about.

  • Lynn Urlaub

    Just goes to show you how misinformed and uneducated these millionaires are. Seems they never really attended college for the sake of learning – just getting to the NFL.

  • Mike D

    The dictionary defines one usage of “slavery” as: “submission to a dominating influence.” By that definition we are all more or less slaves as long as we are accepting a paycheck. I think Adrian Peterson should stand up for his right to be free and quit. Just hang up his helmet and become a true free agent and go down the block to collect any old million dollar deal he chooses. That will show the man. I lost interest in baseball, and most of sports for that matter, during the mid 80’s because of the strikes and the accompanying whining and rhetoric on both sides. Comments like Peterson’s make me feel vindicated I’m not a “slave” to sports.

  • Michael Che

    Free the slaves! (By firing all of them.) Let those who really want to play, take their place.
    I’d rather watch replacements than litigators.

  • Mark, Sterling

    Can someone PLEASE stop this guy from EVER opening his mouth again?…..EVER?….

  • Spoon

    Where can I sign up for my gold plated slave chains and a Bentley?

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