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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: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

could there really be this many stupid people in one league? two is too many. on a serious note slavery is still going on all around the world and in some cases still here in america but its certainly not effecting the NFL. these comments are disrespectful to the people who have fought through the struggles of the past and the one's that continue to suffer today.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

If there was workplace parity wouldnt the ticket takers be making 400K



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

"AP made Oklahoma 100s of millions of dollars."  Hahahaha... I don't think you know a whole lot about college revenue or how it is allocated. 
You can look this all up.
All the BCS conferences earned $18.9 million each for the bowl season last year, (which is more than what was rewarded back in AP's day). This money is then split up among ALL the teams in the conference. If you do conservative math and figure $19 million split among 10 schools, then you have $1.9 million for each school. Of course, that is before you subtract out the expenses it took for the school to play in the game in the first place. And this is also assuming that Oklahoma couldn't have made the same bowl if they didn't have AP. So, what other revenues are you talking about? Ticket sales? Are you assuming Oklahoma doesn't sell out if AP isn't there? Jersey sales and merchandizing? Hahaha... how much do you really think that brings in after the manufacturer, warehouser, distributor and retailer take their cuts? So, again, where are these mysterious 100s of millions of dollars coming from? 
Some people have no clue.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

what is wrong with these arrogant turds? by this definition isn't all work slavery? good god I know they are jocks but these people actually went to college. another couple of victims of society. On the plus side even losers like these can get rich these days. sadly they will also get poor again.

On their merits shouldn't petersons maid make like 850K per year and shouldn't mendenhall pay $140 for a taco at taco bell. I mean if they can afford it shouldn't everyone be able to milk them dry just like they want to do to the owners. I think AP should donate half his salary to support the hot dog and popcorn vendors that ony work half the year because the nfl doesnt pay them a full year salary and they have to support their wives and kids. also I think all nfl players should have pay equality regardless of skill or ability. why should a reserve LB get less money than AP or Mendenhall. He risks his life on special teams week in and week out and he won't likely play as long. what about his kids and family. these clowns should think long and hard about where they stand in the order of things before they start shooting off their yaps. I hope the league takes notice. cut their salaries cut the ticket prices for the fans who pay them.

Oh yeah and shame on the players for not ponying up to look after the vets who paved the way with their blood and sweat to make the game what it is today so these clowns can cash in. selfish primadonnas.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:27 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

My god this is f-ing funny. A multi-millionaire thinking he is being treated as a slave. Well you could whip me like a slave and call my the N word for 10 million a year. Players have no business asking to see the books and have no business sharing in the profits. I would love to see this guy in my shoes for a day working a middle class job. You can't buy Bently's and Rolls Royce's on that. You don't get supermodels either. Cancel the league for a couple of years and see how many of these guys turn to crime. We have rapist murders and more than half of them do drugs. Big Ben rapes a girl and gets away with it. Marvin Harrison shoots at someone gets away with it. Ray lewis kills someone, and no jail. All people think they are slaves to there job the difference is my boss would tell me to get the F out and don't let the door hit you on the way out if I told him to open the books. I also find it funny that not one white player has opened his mouth yet.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Sorry, meant to say slavery isn't the same... Don't want to sound like these idiots!



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Based on what these so called slaves are being paid I would like to change my name to Kunta Kintae.



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's lack of intelligence

So that means that there are 2 total idiots with no concept of reality.  Before they pay these morons a dime..they should make them take an IQ test...Slavery..give me a break.  How about the people they are actually hurting....vendors at the stadiums, parking people..the list goes on but they don't care about "Those  Slaves"    friggin stupid asshats...these 2 should be forced to become slaves before they start running off at the mouth and comparing themselves to actual slaves who lived under the most miserable conditions and forced to work for NOTHING!!  Show me one slave that had a choice?  That signed a contract for millions of dollars?  That had the best of everything...please...tape their mouths shut because they are actually hurting the image of the NFL



Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Why in the world would a NFL football palyer say such a racist comment.  The NFL is not a group of while plantation owners keeping the black man down.  As far as work place parity there is not an equal proportion of white to black players.  Why does the affirmative action act not allow more white players of inferrior talent get the job like afirmative action does now in colleges and work places.  Your right Mendenhall & Peterson need to go away from the public spot light, we do not need this angry racism in 2011 --- its time to get along ,, race is not a determing subject anymore, we even got a black - well half black president.  Guess Petterson wants all white people to show up on the farm for work orientation.  What a joke they both are ....  really guys is this all you got -- your locked out of your job because your trying to tell your business owners how to run their business.  They pay you to much for your services & America is sick of you cry babies !!!




Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Here is where slavery is the same.  Slaves were forced into their situation and could not leave.  Hey, if you don't like the NFL, leave!!!  Opt out of your contract and leave!  That's what happens in our jobs you spoiled, uneducated idiots!


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