Ryan Grant takes issue with Adrian Peterson’s slavery comment

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The minute we saw Adrian Peterson compare the plight of the NFL player to “modern-day slavery,” we knew it was a comment that would get attention.

It didn’t take long for another player to take issue with it.

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

Peterson will be given the chance to clarify his comments, and we’re sure he’ll put it into better context.  For now, it looks like another comment to add to the mix from players and owners that lacks perspective.

We keep hearing about this fight in the context of future generations of players.  Of fighting for rights.

Let’s just call it what it is:  Both sides are trying to equitably distribute a lot of money.  More money than previous generations of players could imagine.

That’s worth fighting over, but let’s stop trying to make it sound heroic.

113 responses to “Ryan Grant takes issue with Adrian Peterson’s slavery comment

  1. This is exactly why I do not support the NFLPA. Mr Peterson you can always go find another job if you do not like the current one you have. The one that pays you millions to play a game. The players look really bad in this situation. And De Smith will go down as the man who ruined the NFL.

  2. Is this an example of Notre Dame vs Oklahoma education? Or maybe pampered star vs. someone who really had to work for it?

  3. Peterson couldn’t attend the day named after him in his home town last year… of course he feels this way. He has no freedom whatsoever.

  4. Assuming this is a direct quote -I agree with Grant’s comments, even though his writing, spelling, and reading comprehension skills appear to be on par with that of your average 4th grader.

  5. Well Ryan…difference in your communication level and his…are about as far apart as your teams are.

    Peterson just classified himself right @ the head of the class w/the biggest morons in NFL..Joey Porter, Bart Scott, T Suggs…IQ’s smaller than a crate of rocks.

    Good luck players…you’ve proceeded to anger fans so much w/this crap…we’re @ point of wanting palyers on our teams, and not caring who they are.

    Same loyalty you all show your fan base.

  6. Yea slavery comment is wrong. I don’t think his ancestors would agree with that comment either.

    But I think he was right to go after the owners

  7. Ryan Grant: graduated from Notre Dame with a 4.0 GPA.

    Adrian Peterson: left Oklahoma early to enter the NFL Draft.

    I think I’m going to side with Grant on this one.

  8. Grant and Peterson. One sounds rational and knowledgeable. The other sounds whiney and ignorant. Kinda like their respective franchises.

  9. Peterson needs to keep his uneducated mouth shut. If it were not for football he would be picking up garbage every day.

  10. Thank you Ryan Grant!! We heard this ‘slavery’ garbage when Lebron went to Miami…enough is enough!! I really wonder if the players realize how fortunate they are to be blessed with the ‘god-given’ talent they have….millions of people around the world would love to be paid to play a game….players, don’t ever forget that..

  11. Nothing like multimillionaires playing the “victimization” card…..Hey, Adrian, I will trade places with you…..my paycheck for your paycheck…..I am ready to be a “slave” for 10 million or so a year….

    Get a GRIP man…..

  12. Political correctness continues to ruin this once great country. Slavery does not blanketly mean forcing Africans to pick cotton as we have all been drilled to believe.

    Here is the definition of slavery:

    a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune

    Adrian – you actually used the word correctly. The owners would love nothing more than to have absolute power over you and control over your life, liberty and fortune.

    Looks like there’s at least one university where you can get your education dollar’s worth…University of Oklahoma.

    Kudos Adrian!

  13. Ya cause getting paid hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars to play a sport is anything like being forced into slavery with no pay and where you can be beaten or even murdered for displeasing your owner.

    Yup i see where he is coming from lol.

    These players and owners have a serious disconnect from reality.

  14. *There* is unfortunately actually still slavery existing in our world.

    Sorry Mr. Grant. I just had to correct you. I agree with you wholeheartedly. What the hell would Adrian Peterson know about slavery?

  15. Yeah Adrian, all slaves get paid 10,000 times that of the average citizen. Bonehead!

    Glad to see Grant call him on it – but in my opinion he was far too nice about it.

  16. Mr. Rosenthal,

    You have certainly grown up as a journalist this month as your head has remained level and your articles have been void of rhetoric and heavy in fact.

    In fact in all this talk about legal this and lockout that yours has been the voice of the common man with reason, as mythical as the unicorn you make it seem effortless.

    Congratulations and I’ll stop calling you the “H” word now.

  17. IDIOT!

    Adrian, the next time you fumble – is Leslie going to lash you across your back with a whip?

    You get food, a shower, a vote, land, money, respect, and most importantly – FREEDOM.

    Go read a book you moron.

  18. Breaking News

    Adrian Peterson issues apology for modern day slavery remarks….

    “Well I be reel good fo now on Masta Goodell”

    The only chains he is wearing are the ones he put on himself.

  19. Thank you Ryan Grant. I’m sure Peterson is smart enough to take back the slavery comment soon.

    And Rosenthal you said it all with your last 2 sentences. All about money

  20. Must suck being a lifelong victim huh Adrian?
    At least you know you have a job waiting after football, right next to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

  21. Peterson said what he said – and as idiotic as it is since when did it become the job of the “journalist” like Rosenthal to soften them or do what Yahoo sports did and outright delete them?

  22. No one who gets paid millions of dollars should EVER compare themselves to slaves. If you don’t like what you are getting paid in the NFL then LEAVE. Go get another job. You aren’t a slave. You are an entertainer who has a BOSS. You know, the owner of the business you work for.

  23. jakek2 – How do the owners control the players life, liberty, and fortune? Can the players live where they want? Marry who they want? Do whatever they want with their money? Quit and find other work whenever they want?

  24. The amount of money players make is really not relevant to how amenable they should be to compromise.

    It’s all relative — lots of people in this world would look at the amount of money you or I make and think we were rich and wouldn’t be able to understand us complaining about what we make (and be honest, we all do).

    So, let’s leave how much money they make and whether they should be satisfied with it out of the discussion – no one here would turn down millions and if you made that, you’d want to make sure you kept making more.

  25. RYAN GRANT IS STILL IN THE NFL? Weird. Didn’t know. Maybe it’s cause Adrian Peterson is the best RB not only in the game, but in Ryan Grants Division. No wonder I didn’t know he was still around.

  26. Those who fail to understand history are doomed to make exaggerated, misinformed and stupid statements that show a complete lack of historical understanding.

  27. What the NFLPA members need to realize is that if the owners were to play hardball they’d just use replacement players next year. After an initial shake-up (to Vegas, fantasy rosters, etc.), by the 2012 season life would go on as if the strike had never happened and interest in the NFL would continue to increase. Heck, a replacement player draft might even draw as much interest as the traditional NFL draft. By 2013 there’d be a new CBA that includes a rookie pay scale for incoming college players and people will have long since forgotten Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, AP, and the rest of the “slaves.”

  28. The owners are being bullies, people on the outside see the players as being greedy but in actuality there are more players that are making 200 to 500 thousand a year to play and are expected to perform
    on the same level as other multi million dollar players those are the guys that the nflpa fight for, James Harrison had to pay fines for helmet to helmet hits that came up to half a million dollars just imagine if that was a undrafted free agent that would have happened to he would have played a season virtually for free, and people kill the talk about playing for the love of the game if that was the case then go do your day to day jobs for the love of it I’ve never seen a person work in a factory for the love of it. The owners want a longer season, but they also want regulations on player safety, and they want to stop health care for the retired players.

  29. Another reason twitter is a BAD idea. Players should be watched and admired for their physical skill … and not heard.

    Because let’s be honest.. most are morons.

  30. I can’t believe a member of an exclusive athletic organization, that only picks the finest athletes and pays them more money than most people can achieve after obtaining a masters degree is going to compare his situation to slavery.

  31. “Ryan Grant: graduated from Notre Dame with a 4.0 GPA.”

    Being a Packers fan aside, I totally agree with Grant’s perspective on this, but I am totally in awe of the possiblity, given Grant’s horrible syntax, spelling, etc, that he graduated from Notre Dame with a 4.0.

    Good god, do they require any sort of English proficiency in whatever major he acquired at that university? That’s scary!

  32. lj40 says: Mar 15, 2011 4:28 PM

    What the NFLPA members need to realize is that if the owners were to play hardball they’d just use replacement players next year. After an initial shake-up (to Vegas, fantasy rosters, etc.), by the 2012 season life would go on as if the strike had never happened and interest in the NFL would continue to increase. Heck, a replacement player draft might even draw as much interest as the traditional NFL draft. By 2013 there’d be a new CBA that includes a rookie pay scale for incoming college players and people will have long since forgotten Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, AP, and the rest of the “slaves.”
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    Not to mention all the guys who would cross the picket line after a year of no income.

  33. Peterson is a complete idiot. If he believes he has been treated like a modern day slave and doesn’t like it, he can go do something else for a living. It’s a FREE COUNTRY.

    Or, why don’t all the players just start up their own league and make all the rules? If they don’t think the owners should make so much money, I am sure that De and their agents can make arrangements to get enough money together to start their own league. After all, if it is so easy for the owners to do it (and to the point that the players don’t think they deserve to make as much money as they do), why don’t the players do it themselves?

    Yeah, right.

  34. “AP comparing NFL players to slaves
    or
    jakek2 for defending him?”

    ——————————————-

    comeon chaos – jk had the definition – THE DEFINITION! (so what if he obviously had no clue what many of the words in the def meant)

    – he put a lot of work into his rebuttal cut him a bit of slack will you.

  35. @theallegedone says:
    Mar 15, 2011 4:20 PM
    ===================================Ryan Grant was injured last year. AP is not the best running back in football. He fumbles too much.

    Got it?

    Thanks

  36. Everyone is all over Ryan Grant and AP for their poor grammar, but what about this doozy from the one professional writer in the room: “For now, it looks like another comment too add to the mix…” Sheesh!

  37. theallegedone says:
    Mar 15, 2011 4:20 PM
    RYAN GRANT IS STILL IN THE NFL? Weird. Didn’t know. Maybe it’s cause Adrian Peterson is the best RB not only in the game, but in Ryan Grants Division. No wonder I didn’t know he was still around.

    Based on the tone of your post…I assume you think that because Ryan Grant was hurt this year, he has no right to his opinion on what AD said? Correct?

    Therefore…….What team does AD play on again? Oh yeah, that’s right, the team that finished last in the division behind the Lions. No wonder I didn’t now what team he was on…..that team has no stadium, no QB, no front office with brains, no Lombardi trophies, and most importantly, no intellectual fans.

  38. The Stadiums must be like the slave ships that brings the tribes together for a purpose, bailing that $9 Billion in green hey!!

  39. Peterson was just speaking out of emotion. Sure he could have put it in a different context but he didn’t, so who really cares? The big question is are we close to an agreement? And, I would say no! With the leagues top stars: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees filing antitrust lawsuits against the NFL, you start to get the feeling that this could be a long and arduous clash of egos butting heads all the way down the stretch. Perhaps, the solution is to work on a short term deal and get things rolling along, so there can be a 2011 NFL season. The last thing the NFL and its players can afford is for his thing to end up in the courts. It will be a long and dragged out process, that will eat into the season, and ultimately make it difficult for both sides to move forward and work together in the future. Like in divorce, when it ends up in the courts it always turns out ugly. I don’t think the owners want to give up half their capital. So it would probably be wise to start putting their gigantic egos aside, and present something that is fair to the players, the stadium employees, and yes, us, the fans. Because without these three phases of the game, the owners have absolutely nothing!

  40. I played against grant. He has a great head on his shoulders. nothing but character coming from that dude. even when he trucked me in the state championship game. . . . he helped me up . damn.

    holy cross 41 // Don Bosco 40
    i’d say i got last laugh , but that dude is still trucking cats on sundays.

    I hope green bay release him, so the birds can snagg em. nothing but respect for Grant. This statement just re-inforces that.

  41. This coming from an African-American. Goes to show you how far ignorance goes, even if you went to college.

    I’m pretty sure Peterson’s ancestors would have loved to have HIS slave-like conditions.

    What a jackass! Simply disgraceful!

  42. theallegedone says:
    Mar 15, 2011 4:20 PM
    RYAN GRANT IS STILL IN THE NFL? Weird. Didn’t know. Maybe it’s cause Adrian Peterson is the best RB not only in the game, but in Ryan Grants Division. No wonder I didn’t know he was still around

    Glad you think you’ve got the best back in the game. What’s the trophy for that distinction look like? Queens trophy case must REALLY be getting crowded what with the awards for selling girl scout cookies and all to go with the best back in the league.
    What a dumazz!

  43. AP is an ahole

    Slave are you kidding me how many millions of dollars do you get paid to play a childs game?

    You have no clue AP not a damn clue

    If you were a slave you would not have a union and all that money your more then likely the highest paid man in the state of MN and you call your self a slave stfu

    Your an over the top ahole

  44. @ crackills who says:

    Another reason twitter is a BAD idea. Players should be watched and admired for their physical skill … and not heard.

    Because let’s be honest.. most are morons.
    ————————–
    Yeah, they’re really far removed from the intellectual giants on this site.

  45. So a player can play a few years and then get retirement and health benefits for life? Who do they think they are, politicians?

  46. Adrian, you get paid to play. Period. Nothing about your situation comes close to slavery. Idiot.

  47. The players keep publicly yapping making themselves look like whinning children – notice how the owners are being quiet while the spoiled brats carp about the injustices of living a dream a lot of us would love to have?

  48. I will gladly be Mr Goodell’s slave for what Mr Peterson gets paid. bad bad anology sounds to me like AP took too many hits to the head.

  49. I do not get how negotiating for millions of dollars had anything to do with slavery or race relations. Did anyone catch De Smith’s comment last week after negotiations about Rosa Parks annaversary. What does Rosa Parks have anthing to do with money negotiations? I had to turn the channel when he first started is diatribe.

    Fire De Smith and get someone in there to get this done. There are a lot of players who would love to play.

  50. Good luck scouring the history books for a record of a slave SIGNING a contract to be paid more in one year than most people make in their lifetimes.

    The players do not realize what they have gotten themselves into. I am as big of an NFL fan as anyone, but I truly hope the owners lock these players out for an entire year, just to let them see how good they actually have it compared to the avergae fan who pays them this ridiculous money. Maybe then they would start to realize that maybe they don’t need a 15,000 square foot house with 12 bathrooms, the 3 Bentleys in the garage and $100,000 woth of jewelry around their neck.

    If you work at Wal-Mart or First United Bank etc,etc, you either work for what they pay you or they will find someone else. There are a ton of players every year that are talented enough to play pro football but never get a shot due to only so many positions available. Watch how many stories come out regarding these millionaires having to file bankruptcy if they get locked out for a year.

    AP should take this entire off-season to take a history class on what slavery actually is. Because his comments are a slap in the face to the individuals who actually endured slavery in our nations dark past, and those who continue to experience slavery even in these modern times.

  51. To the idiot who said the Statue of Liberty was built by slaves…go jump off a bridge.

    It was built by the French as a gift to the US and was completed here NOT by slaves.

  52. To all lemmings:

    Before you criticize me, please read my posts carefully.

    I said the owners would LOVE to enslave the players (as slavery is defined) and as what Adrian meant.

    Life – by instituting code of conduct. Goodell (the “Massa”) is the judge, jury and executioner. This is not disputable.

    Liberty – owners would love no free agency but have settled on franchise tags which is almost the same

    Fortune – need I really spell this out for you pre-programmed robots that can’t think for themselves?

    Again…kudos Adrian for sticking with the strongest union head the NFLPA has ever had!! I’m a Giants’ fan but will buy your jersey anyway!

  53. Slavery? Sign me up. I’m such a ho I’ll even take NFL miminum wage — $325K a year for five months, tops, work…

  54. Notre Dame education vs Oklahoma education

    Still though, you don’t have to support the players, but if you support the owners, there’s a good chance you’re a racist.

  55. jakek2 says:
    Mar 15, 2011 4:01 PM

    Here is the definition of slavery:

    a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune

    Idiot. No owner controls his life, liberty or fortune. He’s free to work at McDonalds flipping burgers. He can wash cars for tips on street corners. He’s free to do what he wants…

    Including making a complete and total ass of himself in the eyes of millions…

  56. I’m sitting in Sapele, Nigeria as I type this. Adrian Peterson needs to spend ONE day in this place then rethink his position on this. I am absolutely disgusted by Peterson’s comments as I watch locals wash clothes in the same ditch our sewer dumps into and bathe in the rainwater runoff of buildings. He has no idea of poverty or slavery or any other true hardship faced by the same people he claims to repsresent. These people face those things every single day.
    Just another piece of trash trying to cash in on skin color. Maybe I can get a “physically unable to compete” handicap and get part of his earnings.

  57. Hey Jakek2 While you have your dictionary out why don’t you look up some other words like Contract, Character, Profession, and stop making excuses for an Idiot. White reporters have been fired for using the “slavery” reference even when it was historically accurate!

  58. Political correctness continues to ruin this once great country. Slavery does not blanketly mean forcing Africans to pick cotton as we have all been drilled to believe.

    Here is the definition of slavery:

    a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune

    Adrian – you actually used the word correctly. The owners would love nothing more than to have absolute power over you and control over your life, liberty and fortune.

    Looks like there’s at least one university where you can get your education dollar’s worth…University of Oklahoma.

    Kudos Adrian!

    ===============================

    Please tell me you are being sarcastic. While they may control this future salary, the by no means control his life or liberty.

    You must share that good old Oklahoma education….

  59. really, AP? Maybe you should spend some time with your loyal fans who work 75 hours a week to make ends meat. AP has went from a hero to a zero in my book. Another fumble has cost you…too bad this time it was your mouth that fumbled.

  60. AP has a screw loose (or maybe several) to compare his situation to those that were slaves. He makes enough in a year to live comfortable (albeit somewhat modestly) for the rest of his life. To compare pro sports today to what the slaves went through is an insult to what the slaves went through. I am just shocked that Al or Jesse hasn’t stepped up to the plate and admonished him for his lack of judgement with this statement.

  61. Hey Jakek2 While you have your dictionary out why don’t you look up some other words like Contract, Character, Profession, and stop making excuses for an Idiot. . .

    ——————
    Contract, as in the contracts that the owners are not honoring?

    Character, as in when the owners charge your dumb azz PSL fees and then effectively cancel the season on you?

    Profession, not sure what this has to do with the price of tea but, suffice it to say, you don’t need an MPA to catch a out pattern.

    —————
    All – Again. Please read my posts closer. Are the players slaves? Of course not! Would the owners prefer to treat them as slaves (under the definition of what a slave is)? You bet your Glenn Beck, Republi-crite butts they do!!

  62. Slavery? Are you kidding me? In a crappy economy like this, where people are losing their jobs and going unemployed for months at a time, this douche has the audacity to compare his 7-figure salary to slavery? Seriously, he makes an obscene amount of money just for holding on to a football. Has this guy even studied history to know what slavery is? Does he actually realize that there is real modern-day slavery? Clearly this guy needs to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. What a moron.

  63. I take issue with Ryan Grant even being mentioned in the same breath as Adrian Peterson.

    Regardless of the comment, Grant should take the high road…AND NOT SAY ANYTHING. From the standpoint of risk of injury/gladiator/spectacle/bread and circuses.

    Adrian Peterson has a point. He just isnt being “Notre Dame PC” about it. Yeah, of course there’s sex slavery dummy, AP didnt mean it in that context.

  64. the definition of slavery:

    a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune

    Adrian – you actually used the word correctly. The owners would love nothing more than to have absolute power over you and control over your life, liberty and fortune.

    Exactly right. From the standpoint of the fans, it is considered a selfish comment, but if you think about it. Combine; people are dressed up, weighed, poked, prodded…like its a market. Fans see the salaries initially, but down the line, you are replaceable if you do not produce and you cannot make the same analogy to “working 5 days a week”.

    These are gladiators going through violent collisions daily and conditioned to be superb athletes. Regular work isnt the same. And dont bring in “the military are gladiators” it isnt meant in that way – they are gladiators in the spectacle that goes on and people cheering. Grant tried to take the “high road” im going to CYA because im “the educated black”, while Adrian kept it real – It is slavery. They are just highly paid IN THE SHORT TERM. Ask Dave Duerson if there are risks. Ask Dermonti Dawson, Ask Andre Waters.

  65. Must be his “home boys” in his ear. What an asinine statement from a black guy from east Texas. Slavery has been over for a long time. Affirmative action has obliterated that social injustice. Get another job if you don’t like where you work or how your treated by your employer.

  66. jakek2 says: Mar 15, 2011 5:40 PM

    To all lemmings:

    Before you criticize me, please read my posts carefully.

    I said the owners would LOVE to enslave the players (as slavery is defined) and as what Adrian meant.

    Life – by instituting code of conduct. Goodell (the “Massa”) is the judge, jury and executioner. This is not disputable.

    Liberty – owners would love no free agency but have settled on franchise tags which is almost the same

    Fortune – need I really spell this out for you pre-programmed robots that can’t think for themselves?

    Again…kudos Adrian for sticking with the strongest union head the NFLPA has ever had!! I’m a Giants’ fan but will buy your jersey anyway!
    ==================================

    Yes, how dare the NFL institute a code of conduct? That is unheard of. There is no other employer in this country that does that, right?

    Franchise tags are a loss of liberty? We’ll just forget that statement is laughable on it’s own. Not to mention, I’m pretty sure that was part of a previous CBA. That stands for Collective Bargaining AGREEMENT. Who did the agreeing? That’s right – the NFLPA led by none other than Gene Upshaw. RIP.

    Fortune? How much of AP’s endorsement money goes to Zygy Wilf? Or were you implying we should go to the MLB model? Sure, the players would make more money but we’d have basically 2/3 of the league putting out an inferior product.

    Time to reshuffle your priorities and not get so pissy about the plight of millionaire athletes.

    In conclusion, your post is still an epic fail.

  67. I don’t see Adrian trying to break away from his bondage of slavery like he does would be tacklers! I guess ol’ massa Zygy must be treatin him real good.

  68. In Adiran’s defense, his Nike endorsement contract also requires him to make sneakers at $.07 an hour for 18 hours a day when he’s not playing football.

    His agent really should have read the fine print.

  69. why is a kid born in 1985, living under a black president and making 10 million a year referring to his situation as “modern day slavery”?

    if anything working in a coal mine all day would be a hell of a lot more appropriate.

  70. @bigmike… Who cares if most players don’t make millions of dollars. Where is it promised that all athletes must be millionaires? No one made these players become professional athletes and they are free to chose a different profession if they want to. Unions are no longer necessary and the sooner they are dismantled the better.

  71. ashburninsider says:
    Mar 15, 2011 3:50 PM
    This is exactly why I do not support the NFLPA. Mr Peterson you can always go find another job if you do not like the current one you have. The one that pays you millions to play a game. The players look really bad in this situation. And De Smith will go down as the man who ruined the NFL.

    — C’mon Son… GTF outta here, you can go watch and support another sport if you mad at peterson for not liking the way his boss who “pays him millions” operate. Well, AP brings that teams million and sells tickets not only in Minn. but in other cities. Why don’t the owner trade him and sign Tiki Barber I’m sure the vikes can get him cheap and he won’t speak. Exactly

  72. spreadthecheese says:
    Mar 15, 2011 4:00 PM
    Ryan Grant: graduated from Notre Dame with a 4.0 GPA.

    And he still doesn’t know the difference between “there,” “their,” and “they’re”. Notre Dame teaching fail!

  73. I agree with Peterson. This is just like slavery. The NFL owners (plantation owners) bid and pay for the biggest strongest bucks they can get to play football (pick cotton) and are constantly looking to pay them less millions (socks).

    Use your imagination people. This doesn’t have to be about people wholly the property of others and subject to their every order. You can be a slave to a drug.

    Peterson should be lauded for his comments.

  74. MVP=Most Valuable Picker, Two most protected positions are kicker and quarterback, whitey positions, all legal violence black on black. When white quarterback about to get whacked he hands or throws ball to black guy who then gets pummeled. Owners and coaches run show and make the money, blacks do the heavy lifting and suffer all the violence. Like old days, throwing Christians to lions as entertainment for the superior race.

  75. Last time I checked, Peterson is a running back with a father who is incarcerated. It is clear had it not been for his athleticism, his opportunity for success was limited. Based on his comment, Peterson is either uneducated or unintelligent or both. Regardless, it says a lot about the University of Oklahoma and Bob Stoops.

    Really, who would ever listen to Peterson on any subject other than football and even that is suspect…

  76. @tatum064
    poke me prod me do whatever you want for that kind of money.Slavery and pro sports should never be used in the same breath or ap and intelligence

  77. tatum064 and jakek2 must both be graduates of Oklahoma. Could Adrian not retire and live in his mansion spending each day as he would like? Did the slaves have that liberty?

  78. Didn’t Warren Sapp compare himself to a slave back in 2003 or so?

    I guess enough time has gone by for a new generation of NFL super stars to show what complete idiots they are.

  79. Glad to see we now living in a time and age where the word “slavery” evokes such deep and meaningful conversation…Not like the old days when the word was mentioned and folks got all bent out of shape as if it hurt them to hear the truth..

    Oops sorry, my bad..Imistook a lot of the negative reactions from folks as pearls of wisdom and not the rants that is usually associated with a article meant to evoke such anger.

    As the say goes, “if the truth didn’t hurt so much, folks wouldn’t be so quick to react.”

    It’s clear the media see this society for what it “really” is. Too bad way to many of us are still so in denial.

  80. As usual, the flamboyant comment gets all the attention. Poor analogy choice for Peterson, but his bonehead comment doesn’t make the owners victims. As Rosenthal said, it’s simple: The owners want to skim a second billion off the top of the revenue pie before divvying up the agreed-upon percentages. The players, rightly, object. The players made a reasonable proposal weeks ago and the owners wanted none of it because they were playing chicken. Oops. Now they get to play with a judge who won’t be as easily swayed as gullible fans.

  81. Sadly, there are plenty of modern-day slaves around the world from children forced to work in Asian sweat shops for less than pennies a day, Jews and other so-called “undesirables” that were forced to build munitions in Nazi concentration/death camps and eastern European women forced to work as strippers and prostitutes in the international sex trade. Despite what some posters have stated here, being a professional athelete with a legion of adoring fans and set to make $10+ million this season doesn’t quite evoke the same sentiment. Seriously, anyone who even tries to compare the experience of Adrian Peterson or any other NFL player to an actual slave (modern or otherwise) is in desperate need of remedial history at the high school level. It’s not only insensitive and inaccurate, it’s just plain dumb.

  82. Eh, I feel sorry for AP. What he said was stupid, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s an idiot – everyone says stupid things. Things like this (the decertification) can make folks feel a bit not in control of things around them.

    Cut AP some slack, judging by the stupidity I see here daily, it seems like a lot of folks are living in glass houses.

    Keep in mind that AP has been a role model player, doesn’t do drugs, signs autographs willingly, does a lot around Minny here for charities and the less fortunate, and isn’t a disruptive personality.

    The guy had a slip up… Let it go folks, especially the idiots so in love with the owners around here.

  83. When are people going to learn that comparing things to Hitler, the Nazis, slavery or the holocaust will cause immediate dismissal of what it is you are trying to say? Adrian deserves the heat he gets for this one… just like Hitler did.

  84. ===Jakek2 said:
    To all lemmings:

    Before you criticize me, please read my posts carefully.

    “I said the owners would LOVE to enslave the players (as slavery is defined) and as what Adrian meant.”===

    With all due respect, you have no idea what AP meant. AP didn’t extrapolate. You’ve most likely never met the mean, let alone talked with him. It’s insulting to everyone for you to try and explain what he meant. You also don’t know what the owners want. If you did, you would recognize that the owners offered full health care benefits, something that speaks to the welfare of the players. This is the very antithesis of enslaving someone.

    ==”Life – by instituting code of conduct. Goodell (the “Massa”) is the judge, jury and executioner. This is not disputable.”==

    Again not true. Goodell is appointed by the owners. True, Goodell has the power to fine players, even owners, but ultimately, if the owners decide they don’t like Goodell, they can remove him.

    ==”Liberty – owners would love no free agency but have settled on franchise tags which is almost the same”==

    Pure ignorance. Teams can franchise ONE player, and with limited conditions. Even then, the player is free to negotiate with any team he likes. This in no way restricts the movement of ALL free agents.

    ==Again…kudos Adrian for sticking with the strongest union head the NFLPA has ever had!! I’m a Giants’ fan but will buy your jersey anyway!==

    Giants fan reference will come into play later, in regards to your PSL comment.

    ==Contract, as in the contracts that the owners are not honoring?==
    How exactly are the owners not honoring contracts now?? Players get paid to play games. They don’t earn paychecks during the offseason. The players walked away from negotiations, and agreed to decertify. The owners and the players had an expired CBA, and were attempting to negotiate terms of a new CBA. The PLAYERS walked away and told the owners, we will see you in court.

    ==Character, as in when the owners charge your dumb azz PSL fees and then effectively cancel the season on you?==

    Stop being so ignorant if you can help it. So far, it seems you can’t. As a Giants fan, which you stated earlier, Giants owners have specifically stated they will not collect fees for season tickets until the lockout ends. You of course aren’t a season ticket holder. NO ONE has said the season is canceled. It has simply been postponed. There might be some missed games, there might not. It’s entirely possible that owners go with replacement players. You’re simply making rash statements to create drama in order to take the focus that you have no facts to support them.

    Look, if you really agree with what AP said, fine so be it, that’s your right. But a lot of us don’t. We get that the players have a choice to play the best, most popular, most lucrative game in this country. Any one of us on this site would trade places in an instant to play one set of downs in the NFL. That’s not slavery in our minds. Just as you’re welcome to believe whatever you want, so are we. Don’t try and convince us that we’re right, and you’re wrong, because you can’t.
    Any attempt at doing so just makes you a troll.

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