In the moments after the NFLOA decertified on Friday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had harsh words for NFL owners, ripping them for their refusal to open the books.
“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,” Peterson told Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports on Friday. “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 ripoff — not just for the players, but for the people who work at the concession stands and at the stadiums.”
Peterson also offered some even more explosive comments, which Farrar initially published but later deleted, explaining on Twitter that he wants to give Peterson the opportunity to clarify.
“It’s modern-day slavery, you know?” Peterson said. “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.”
Comparing the situation NFL players find themselves in to slavery is an unfortunate choice of words on Peterson’s part, but Peterson clearly feels passionately about the players’ case in the ongoing labor dispute.
And as if Peterson didn’t open a big enough can of worms with those comments, he also suggested that he thinks there’s still a chance that the Vikings haven’t seen the last of Brett Favre.
“I mean, Favre hasn’t retired yet! (laughs) You never know! The quarterback situation is up in the air,” Peterson said.
So even if a relatively quick resolution of the labor dispute saves us an offseason of drama on that front, maybe we can look forward to an offseason featuring a heavy dose of Favre Watch.
UPDATE: The “modern-day slavery” quote has now been put back into the interview at Yahoo! Sports.