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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

I guess I will have to put myself in the category of those who don't understand how making millions of dollars (or any amount really) for voluntarily playing professional football "parrallells" forced captivity, degredation, abuse and forced labor as a slave.  I would really love Adrian Peterson and Mendenhall to explain it to me as obivously my college and law school professors failed to give the the skills to understand the comparison on my own.  These two are both idiots.

The fact these players in this day and age would actually refer to slavery for even one second let alone compare it to what's happening to them today tells you everything you need to know.  For the most part these players aren't educated, not at all.  Anybody who thinks these idiots are smart is dumber than they are.   Are there SOME smart NFL players?  Sure.... I mean in a league with a couple thousand players at least a few smart players have to exist... but for the most part these players are a joke.   

Anybody on these boards ever go to a college a popular athlete was at or know anybody that went to school with a popular athlete?  If you do then you know these guys get treated like royalty... they study very little, take courses that are a joke most of the time and if good enough quit school for the NFL long before they graduate.  
So what I'm saying is these stories don't surprise me.. uneducated people saying stupid things makes total sense...




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:36 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

I guess I will have to put myself in the category of those who don't understand how making millions of dollars (or any amount really) for voluntarily playing professional football "parrallells" forced captivity, degredation, abuse and forced labor as a slave.  I would really love Adrian Peterson and Mendenhall to explain it to me as obivously my college and law school professors failed to give the the skills to understand the comparison on my own.  These two are both idiots.



Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:30 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

I officially despise Rashard Mendenhall now.  Peterson's comments were just stupid but this guy.  Not only is he completely wrong but he's rather condescending about it and a first class a-hole. This has to be a first-a football player telling the rest of us how dumb we are for not understand the parallels of making millions of dollars for playing a game and slavery. Those Pittsburgh Steelers are just really great guys.  Too bad Mendenhall doesn't really think about what he is saying and how ignorant it truly is and offensive.  By the way, Ryan Grant might have just become one of my favorite players though.  At least he seems to get it.




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:23 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

 I could break down how, but that would take an amount of ideology and big words that a lot of you wouldn't understand.

HA! ...Doubtful



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:22 am
 

Mendenhall

 "I could break down how, but that would take an amount of ideology and big words that a lot of you wouldn't understand."

HA! - Doubtful




Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:13 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Interesting. Slavery: working for nothing. Modern Day Slavery: working for 10 million per year instead of 20 million per year. I think there



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:09 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim




Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 10:06 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Its nice to see that slaves in the year 2011 have more money than I do.  I would love to travel to Africa, I just can't afford it. 



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