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Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Posted on: March 15, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 3:09 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. EST: We held off on passing along Peterson's most explosive comment from this interview because there was initially a bit of confusion regarding the validity of the quote. Farrar included it in his original interview, but removed it soon after. But he later acknowledged that Peterson said it.

And what was it he said, exactly?  Referring to the owners' business arrangement with players, Peterson said, "It's modern-day slavery, you know? People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too."

Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports Shutdown Corner scored a one-on-one interview with Adrian Peterson  just minutes after the NFLPA decertified, which means he caught the Vikings running back in a state of high emotion. Sure enough, Farrar’s interview with Peterson produced some gold.

Here is an excerpt; the whole interview was published Tuesday afternoon:

SC: We're talking about 15 minutes after the NFLPA sent in the paperwork to decertify, so the lockout's on everybody's minds. I've talked to a lot of players about this recently, and I always ask the same question — what is the message you want to get out to the people who love the game and are tired of hearing all the labor talk?

AP: We're business-minded, also. It's not just fun and games. A lot of football players, whether it's Sunday or Monday night — we're out there on the field, competing, hitting each other. But people don't see everything else behind it. It's a job for us, too — every day of the week. We're in different states, sometimes thousands of miles away from our families and kids, and a lot of people don't look at it like that. All some people see is, 'Oh, we're not going to be around football.' But how the players look at it … the players are getting robbed. They are. The owners are making so much money off of us to begin with. I don't know that I want to quote myself on that…

SC: It's nothing that I haven't heard from other players, believe me.

AP: 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.

But this crazy idea about an 18-game season … I'm sure they want more entertainment and more revenue, but we're not going to see a pinch of that (the increased revenue), and it's just the business we're in.

SC: It seems to most of the players that if the owners had nothing to hide financially, and if the current business model was as unsustainable as they claim, they'd have no trouble opening the books and showing audited profit and loss per team. Is that your impression?

AP: Exactly! 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. 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 rip off — not just for the players, but for the people who work at the concession stands and at the stadiums. The people working at the facilities, you know?

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:49 pm

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:08 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

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Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2011 1:51 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Hey Peterson for that last 3 years i "owned" you on my fantasy team-HaHaHa, but didnt win any money so you don't get squat!

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:25 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

First we should not forget that in Minnesota the owner is holding the team hostage.  If he doesn't get a new stadium he will move to Los Angeles.  Meanwhile if he gets what he wants the fans keep the team and he profits from government subsidized football.  How is it that once you make hundreds of millions of dollars it is OK to steal money from the people but if you only make millions of dollars you are derided for expecting to get the market value for your talents?
The players make more money then most of us but the NFL makes a lot of money and the NFL has zero worth without the players.  Meanwhile in Green Bay we can see the NFL runs just fine when the fans not owners own the team. The owners hide the value of teams and think they can ask for money by saying they don't make enough profit. 
It would take 400 years for you to make what Adrian Peterson made with his first contract (he did a lot more then sign a paper he is a great running back).  According to Forbes the Vikings are one of the lowest valued franchises in the NFL at a measly 774 million dollars.
Lets put that in perspective: In your analogy that would be 19350 years ago at your salary.  That would be 17340 BC.  Minnesota was covered in Ice and in another 7340 thousand years Niagara Falls is created as the ice retreats.  In another 15000 years the Biblical father Abraham will live in Caanan.
So when you realize the wealth disparity don't you start to question if you are not in fact also slave of various owners?
I think the owners should be happy they live in a world where they gain wealth off of the toil and risk of others and let the players keep the compensation they earn by being world class athletes.

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2011 9:15 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

I think peterson should be happy with what he has you make me sick i struggle everyday to feed my family and you have the balls to say your a modern day slave. slaves don't live rich lives jojo take your ego and you know were to shove it you candy ass.

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:59 am

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Irregardless isn't a real word.

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:07 pm

Adrian Peterson sounds off on owners

Thats all WEAK guys, the best of the best only should get the job and they should get whatever percentage of the profit they are smart enought o work out of the owners. Be Men and Women, be happy for others and quit trying to hurt them as a way for you to feel superior. Your scaring me. I dont want to see some 34 year old bum who runs a 5.5 40 starting at linebacker making 80K a year with no health ins. because you tighwads want the owners to have all the profits. Its weird to me, who are you people???

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