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Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: March 16, 2011 9:53 am
R. Mendenhall agreed with some of A. Peterson's slavery comments (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might have seen Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s comments from Tuesday when he referred to the NFL as “modern day slavery,” which then caused a big sigh from just about everybody else in the world when they heard it.

You might feel that a dude who’s scheduled to make about $10 million next season is overstating his opinion (just a bit, anyway) with a comment like that.

While some, like Packers RB Ryan Grant, have taken exception to Peterson’s statement – Grant makes the point that there is, you know, still ACTUAL slavery in the world – Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall sees Peterson’s point.

Writes Mendenhall on his Twitter page (this transcript, by the way, is presented unedited and strung together over about 10 different updates): “@AdrianPeterson Anyone with knowledege of the slave trade and the NFL could say that these two parallel eachother. If you look back and disect what I said, I ddnt say that the NFL was slavery, I said that they parallel eachother. Look up the word parallel. This means that they're not the same thing, but they run the same course. These paths will never cross, but they mirror eachother. I could break down how, but that would take an amount of ideology and big words that a lot of you wouldn't understand.

“Learn to LISTEN before you pass judgement. Because speaking without knowledge of subject is truly ignorant. Outside of the dollar amounts you see on tv, you don't know what's going on with the innerworkings of this buisness. I don't know what goes on at your job. But how dumb would I sound if I read about it in the newspaper and tried to tell you what's going on? Its bigger than what you people on the outside see on sundays, see on ESPN, read about in the paper. Just like any job, any business anywhere. Really think about that.”

Since Peterson is traveling to Africa, his agent, Ben Dogra, was left cleaning up some of the mess.

"I think anybody that knows Adrian knows that Adrian is a very strong-willed and passionate individual," Dogra told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The game means an awful lot to him. People should not just take his statements per se word by word. It's a difficult time. He would love to play. I'm sure that everybody would love to see football continue in the NFL and I'm sure at some point it will get resolved. But Adrian, that's what makes him great. He's soft-spoken but if he has something on his mind he'll speak it. But I think nobody should really look at those words and take them out of context."

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Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:14 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

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Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 2:50 pm

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Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 2:14 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Ottawa yankee......Im sick and tired of being sick and tired...enough is enough. Hyeenas they are,and will always be

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2011 11:33 am

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

I think it is obvious that the players are unhappy working for the NFL and the owners.  They should all quit.  The owners appear to be unhappy with having to pay these players so much money too, so they should pay the next batch of players less. Then we as fans should all stop watching this game we love until the cost for a ticket to a game comes down below a femur and a ulna.  I've raged on many other postings about how stupid this whole situation is, from the absurdity of labor demanding to see books and act as management themselves, to the insanity of both sides being unable to agree on how to split $9BILLION, to how retarded these idiots are who say the NFL is "like modern day slavery."  The underlying truth here is that it is OUR faults fellow fans.  We have created all this by unconditionally supporting this freak show for too many years.  Ticket prices go up, and we still fill the stadiums.  Players are excused for violating laws, NCAA rules, moral imperatives, and common damn decency because they are gifted with freakish physical attributes (that are really fairly worthless anywhere other than the gridiron). Every year we have to find ways to reconcile the players' behavior with how our children idolize these jackasses.  Every year owners like Snyder, Davis and Jones find all new ways to increasingly separate the game America loves from its TRUE fan base and hand it over to the privileged few.
How about we all just sack up and start making some demands of our own?!  Send the NFL and all the owners, players, and the enormous industry behind this destructive behemoth the only kind of message it will understand or even hear.  STOP BUYING NFL STUFF.  Stop going to games, call your cable/satelite provider and ask them if it will save you money to take the NFL network off your list of channels, quit buying jerseys (especially of players who are rapist, dog butchers, murderers, thugs, felons and abusers of women).  Start telling your kids the truth: it is far more important in life to be educated, kind and responsible than talented, malicious and self serving.  Let's all take some personal accountability here.  The stink from all this heaping refuse has gotten too rank for me, and I hope others will get fed up as well.

Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:27 am

When Favre Speaks ... People Listen!

Favres 111 ... Yours is the most explosive post I've seen in a while. It's like four bipolar people yelling at the same time -- I love it! Too bad the gods at CBS gave you a -370 score. It's a sad day when they start grading the grammar in a sports forum. I scored you five stars, so I think that knocked it up a few notches to -365.

Yours is the little voice that begs to scream in all of our anti-slave-smack heads. Now if only the one inside Peterson and Mendenhall's numbskull noggins would tell them to keep these meltdowns coming, because it won't be long before fans are all lining up to watch NFL owners lawn bowl ... and --as one poster mentioned -- AP and RM asking customers at the drive-thru: "Is that a value meal or just the sandwich?" Laff my ASS (Anti-Slave-Smack) off!

These verbal bombs they let go are more outlandish than any footballs they every dropped. We should have Open Mic Night with the NFL Incredibly Insane with co-hosts AP and RM.

The line starts behind me ... for the lawn bowling and those two mentally handicapped running backs next shift at McD's ... not for the Open Mic Night. That appears daily here at CBS. The question: Who is NFL idiot number three? C'mon. Speak up.

AP and RM probably think damage control is the car insurance for their $100K SUV.

No. Damage control should be AP with the audio for the Discovery Channel's 15-part series on "Slavery in Rashard Mendenhall Five Easy-to-Pronounce Countries" piped into AP's headset as he deals out fish burgers.

15 shows. 5 countries. That's right, Rashard, it took three shows for you to say Africa. One syllable per show.

Yo, Adrian! Shuck That Yoke!

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