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