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Adrian Peterson regrets “modern-day slavery” remarks

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Only days after the lockout started, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made a major stir by saying that pro football is “modern-day slavery.”

He addressed the remarks for the first time on Friday.

“I regret using those words because obviously there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you can compare to slavery,” Peterson said, per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “It stands alone.  It was something that I should have used better wording to put that out there.  But it’s spoiled milk, it’s old and it’s over with.”

But, of course, the apology was equivocal.  Peterson said the comments were “taken out of context.”  Even though he seems to accept some of the blame for allowing it to be taken out of context.

“It was [taken] out of context and it was on me for putting it out there to make it available to be taken out of context,” Peterson said.

I wonder how many people who use the phrase “out of context” as a way of fully or partially shifting responsibility for their words even know what “out of context” means.  Taking “it’s modern-day slavery” out of context, in this specific context, would entail lifting the words “[i]t’s modern-day slavery” from something like “I disagree with anyone who says it’s modern-day slavery.”

In cases like this one, “out of context” usually is a synonym for “I disagree with anyone who uses my words against me.”

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41 Responses to “Adrian Peterson regrets “modern-day slavery” remarks”
  1. goawayeverybody says: Aug 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    Ya think?

  2. benton3 says: Aug 6, 2011 9:53 AM

    He meant to say he is a modern day Randy Watson

  3. coleman121280 says: Aug 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    He is still a beast.

  4. lionpride10 says: Aug 6, 2011 9:58 AM

    The single dumbest statement made in the history of overpaid, egotistical, uneducated athletes that think they are going to awe us with there wisdom.

  5. NFLJunkie says: Aug 6, 2011 10:00 AM

    “But it’s spoiled milk, it’s old and it’s over with.”

    Well, that’s a new one. At least it wasn’t also spilled. That would be nasty.

  6. chadmurdigan says: Aug 6, 2011 10:00 AM

    I wish some of these players would have the balls to acknowledge criticism of something they said with, “Yeah, that’s what I said, that’s what I meant, and I stand by it 100%. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.”

  7. Matt-NC says: Aug 6, 2011 10:03 AM

    When these statements are made, the person that made them would get so much more respect if they’d just eat their humble pie and move on.

    “It was a poor choice of words during a frustrated and emotional state of mind. I wish I would have chosen a more appropriate way of expressing myself. I’d like to learn from this experience and move on.”

    That’s something everyone could respect because everyone has been there. Those are the kind of mature statements kids and adults alike can look up to.

    Drama-sniffing reporters wouldn’t have anything else to spin or smear with.

  8. arrogantathlete says: Aug 6, 2011 10:07 AM

    Great athlete but a complete moron. But hey that’s the arrogance of today’s professional athlete.

  9. thejuddstir says: Aug 6, 2011 10:07 AM

    and in further news………….something important I hope.

  10. citizenstrange says: Aug 6, 2011 10:07 AM

    Also, I don’t think “walk the walk” means what Rob Ryan thinks it means.

  11. jskill3 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:09 AM

    Here is what he said that was taken out of context.

    “It’s modern-day slavery, you know?”

    That sentence stands alone, you know?

    So, BS on the “out of context.” Be a man in front of us when you make a mistake, and own it without blaming anyone else. Is that too much to ask of someone who is set for life at your audience’s expense?

  12. link49 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:12 AM

    This guy the only thing he can do is running, he can’t think before speak.
    And the funny thing is that he went to college and beside play football I don’t know what else he did, and now he is a slave,sorry I meant a millionare.

  13. tatum064 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:13 AM

    What regret … i mean, to a certain degree..players are measured, they demonstrate characteristics and go up for “bidding”. Its in an extreme context, but essentially, take a football players shelf life, his overall wealth and compare it to a CEO of Goldman Sachs, who has no physical risk of paralysis or crutches or any damage.

    I mean, really – he doesnt nearly damage his body to the same extent and we’ll likely have a better pension.

    Modern day “gladiator” might be more appropriate. And what is a gladiator , but a slave (in Roman times). Peterson probably meant what he said, he just regretted the format and audience he said it to.

  14. randy33872 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:13 AM

    In cases like this one, “out of context” usually is a synonym for “I disagree with anyone who uses my words against me.” Awesome Mike !!!!!!

  15. thephantomstranger says: Aug 6, 2011 10:15 AM

    It’s worth mentioning that Peterson is also trying to make amends for his statement. In May, he shot a video for the DNA Foundation, which works toward ending human trafficking. He’s also planning on doing further work with them and using his own foundation to address the issue. He could have improved his image by publicizing that when he did it, but it didn’t get any press at all. You can rip him for his out of context comment, but I think he realizes he screwed up and is trying to fix it.

  16. mikeyhigs says: Aug 6, 2011 10:16 AM

    “Damn the Bengals are good” could be taken out of context from a fan who said “Damn, I wish the Bengals were good”

  17. jpb12 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:18 AM

    Warren Moon, Conredge Holloway… those guys could talk about missing opportunities because of their race.

    Nobody ever insulted them by offering $8Million / yr

  18. lostsok says: Aug 6, 2011 10:22 AM

    Adrian Peterson saying what he did was like the holocaust of words. And anyone who that acts offended by that analogy is simply reenacting the crusades.

    Nazi!

  19. melikefootball says: Aug 6, 2011 10:30 AM

    Maybe he can balme the comments on James Harrison.

  20. bucks12965 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:36 AM

    So here is your oportunity to give it to us in the proper context……..we’re listening.

  21. essentialsausage says: Aug 6, 2011 10:52 AM

    “Out of context” is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

  22. senorwinces says: Aug 6, 2011 10:59 AM

    lionpride10 says: Aug 6, 2011 9:58 AM

    The single dumbest statement made in the history of overpaid, egotistical, uneducated athletes that think they are going to awe us with there wisdom.

    You might want to watch who you’re calling uneducated THEIR, buddy.

  23. polegojim says: Aug 6, 2011 11:06 AM

    Oops… he fumbled again.

    Kind of a repeating story, eh Adrian?

  24. potviking says: Aug 6, 2011 11:22 AM

    Peterson makes a stupid comment, and everyone on this site makes stupid comments from time to time. Peterson is still everything you want in an NFL player, great person and a team player.

  25. CKL says: Aug 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    I’m at the point where I would just like to see these guys say something original as a blame shifting excuse. Preferably something that doesn’t assume that their listening audience has a collective IQ of 5

    Braylon tweets crap from a fight: his phone was stolen & someone hacked his Twitter…but miraculously the person who stole it was commenting ON THE EXACT EVENT THAT WAS HAPPENING IN FRONT OF BRAYLON AT THE TIME (cue “Twilight Zone” music).

    “Taken out of context” is the same deal…boring and an insult to our intelligence. It’s like convicts, they are ALL actually “innocent” right? Just victims of circumstance? I mean they TELL us that, why don’t we believe them all?

  26. moosev says: Aug 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    Please just rush for 1,600 yards and 15 TD’s and I’ll be a happy fantasy owner. Oh yeah, and shut your yap.

  27. thetooloftools says: Aug 6, 2011 11:46 AM

    load your brain before you fire your mouth next time.

  28. nflpasux says: Aug 6, 2011 11:47 AM

    What a jerk! “Taken out of context” is a wimpy way of trying to deflect. He doesn’t mean that there’s an apology for acting like an overpaid spoiled brat.

  29. docredskin says: Aug 6, 2011 11:54 AM

    Evidently, words fall out of his mouth as clumsily as footballs drop out of his hands.

  30. marshmont says: Aug 6, 2011 12:30 PM

    he has no idea what slaves must have endured. having your family sold, your kids? these folks had to be very strong mentally and physically. i have thought about it and can’t imagine getting thru the experience. this punk is a disgrace to his race.

  31. pigeonpea says: Aug 6, 2011 12:36 PM

    After hearing Peterson’s ridiculous excuse of being “taken out of context” I have one bit of advice to offer to him:

    SHUT UP, STUPID!

    You play sports for a living and (quite obviously) coasted through college on your athletic talent alone. As such, we are only interested in watching you play football – not hearing your views on slavery, context or anything else!

  32. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 6, 2011 12:36 PM

    The Combine is run like a slave auction, photographs in shorts, height, weight, strength measured, medical (vetrinary) testing, intelligence testing, etc.

    Open their mouths and check their teeth.

  33. thephantomstranger says: Aug 6, 2011 1:23 PM

    lostsok says:
    Aug 6, 2011 10:22 AM
    Adrian Peterson saying what he did was like the holocaust of words. And anyone who that acts offended by that analogy is simply reenacting the crusades.

    Nazi!
    __________

    17-4 thumbs up on a post where a guy calls someone a Nazi. You should all get off your high horses and realize you aren’t better than him.

  34. purplehayseuss says: Aug 6, 2011 1:32 PM

    Hey Mike, nice piece. Thank you for calling it as you see it. You have also here disabled the Viking haters from rehashing their refrain on how you are a Viking fan. I don’t know if you are one, and I don’t care. But you could have sugar-coated this “story” to slant in favor of Peterson, and you didn’t. Thanks for the integrity.

    For once I actually agree with bobnelsonjr (if that is indeed your real name, Col. Batguano), re the Combine, but for the slave reference. Of course it isn’t slavery, but the biggest, strongest, fastest, quickest, toughest, smartest of the herd are given the best ratings and will go the highest bidders, to be consumed for wildly-paid entertainment. The Kobe Beef of the human race. And when their usefulness is over, they are literally put out to pasture; some go to stud, and their offspring end up back in the next generation’s Combine. “Bloodlines” are spoken of with respect and admiration. The machine is fed. And we all pay, even me. The spectacle is too good to ignore. It’s too deep in our habits catalog to quit.

    All of the anti-league, anti-millionaire v billionaire rhetoric has vaporized. The Football Entertainment Machine is down off the hoist and running at high idle. I’d be very interested to learn the number of people that have actually left their Football Fanhood and moved away from the sport in favor of another entertainment. I’d bet that the number isn’t very large, despite the thousand posts here and millions elsewhere slamming the lockout and its denizens.

    Football Fan, thy name is Fickle. In the words of those here without a vocabulary: “Just Sayin.”

  35. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Aug 6, 2011 1:33 PM

    When are NFL players quoted “in context” Adrian?

  36. fucen tarmal says: Aug 6, 2011 2:11 PM

    oh hey, the bitter angry crackers that make up the vast empty multitudes of the pft fanbase aren’t going to cotton to you picking on sweet angelic timmay homeschool focusonthefamily tebow, unless you flog a dead horse.

    end reverse discrimination! stop picking on tebow!

    i am pretty sure you never covered the context for the peterson remarks in the first place, so natch, its easy for you to pretend that the only context he could ever possibly be referring to is the remarks themselves.

    conscious or not, this is an obfuscation. why not drill down into what peterson may have referred, hint:rhoden, book in his original comments.

    oh right, your arcadian-american fanbase doesn’t need to have facts to understand why they should be demonizing peterson. i mean, its the perfect chance to scold a black person for talking about slavery. its such an overwhelming need to pretend to not be racist, facts and context don’t matter, especially if they might, reveal a level of racism, you and the other arcadian americans, don’t ever want to consider.

    that is why you put it up in juxtaposition to tebow, to signal to your peeps that you are still in the front of the bus.

    wes welker for the hall of fame!

  37. buffaloniner says: Aug 6, 2011 2:50 PM

    HA! … out of context… yea I really do hate when people try to cover their ass by misusing this phrase. It further solidifies their stupidity… Hey, does anybody remember that part in “Roots” where Kunta Kinte decided not to work for part of the slavery season because he was only going to be paid the slave league minimum of $1 million or something like that? …. That was a good movie. Slavery sucked.

  38. dd393 says: Aug 6, 2011 5:07 PM

    Did he hold this press conference at his football camp that he wouldn’t attend?

  39. cpo187 says: Aug 6, 2011 10:22 PM

    coleman121280 says:
    Aug 6, 2011 9:57 AM

    He is still a beast.

    ————————————————

    That’s cause the white mad bred the slaves to be big and strong.

  40. thephantomstranger says: Aug 7, 2011 10:45 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 6, 2011 1:23 PM
    lostsok says:
    Aug 6, 2011 10:22 AM
    Adrian Peterson saying what he did was like the holocaust of words. And anyone who that acts offended by that analogy is simply reenacting the crusades.

    Nazi!
    __________

    17-4 thumbs up on a post where a guy calls someone a Nazi. You should all get off your high horses and realize you aren’t better than him.
    _____________

    I hate to beat a dead horse, but I just can’t get over this. A guy is apologizing for saying something stupid, and because he did it awkwardly and it didn’t come out to your liking, he is being ripped worse than Michael Vick ever was. You haters are agreeing that his comment is equivalent to THE HOLOCAUST!!!! The irony is amazing. Why don’t you take the plank out of your own eye before criticizing Peterson for the splinter in his eye?

  41. amuzed2dth says: Aug 8, 2011 10:16 AM

    What was the veteran slave minimum pay?

    This guy spoke without thinking, and he knows it it.

    Let it be.

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