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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: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:12 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

gdtann1 your comments are outrageous, and it would appear you are not intelligent enough to understand the vast difference between slavery, and a job that people did for free for most of their lives, and dreamed of playing for vast sums of money.

Many jobs leave broken bodies, and very little to show for it, that statement was ignorant.
All jobs applicants are stood up in an interview process, and may the best man win, again ignorant.
Most jobs you are simply dismissed when your employer not longer values your contribution, so all three are infantile.

So off the top of your head, wrong.

Now to the good stuff.

That is just from what I can look from the outside looking in and observe.  Do the players make a lot of money?  Sure, but its only fair that they make that money.  When its a 9 billion dollar industry with only about 1700 employees, there is money to go around.

Ignorant as it could be. There are 32 teams with 53 active roster spots, or 1696, with 8 practice squad slots per team, or 1984. And that is only the players. There is a Head Coach, the Coordinators, the assistants, the trainers, the medical staff, the side line helpers (sometimes volunteers), then the Front office that includes GM, Dir of Pro personnel, Dir of College Personnel, theirs staffs, Scouting, office staff, Security, Public relations, Building maintenance, ticket sellers/takers, Vendor management, PR department, legal department and likely several areas I have forgotten.

And that is just each Franchise.

The NFL itself has Commissioner, Execs, Staff, transportation, security, legal, Refs, game day command center staff, and many other jobs.

To contend that players should get a 50% slice of the pie with no operational costs paid back to the NFL is absurd, and childishly ignorant.

Think of the travel expense alone for scouting departments flying all over the country, the cost of the combine where everyone invited had travel expenses and lodging paid for by a team, or the NFL, same for the days.

Do you think the players fly commercial on game day?

I just believe that the owners shouldn't be the only ones making money.

But should be splitting the profit and the only ones paying out any money. Child like ignorance.

Some of you believe the players should make 50k a year while the owners pull in 500 million dollars every year(estimate).

Such and absurd reach. You need a math course, we learned that from your estimation of the employee count...but...that equals 16 Billion alone, without any of the player salaries removed, the other staffing that far outnumbers the player total, and operational costs mentioned (with much more forgotten).

As far as player salaries, Peyton Manning making more per year than the Green Bay Packers netted in a Super Bowl winning season is not enough? Teams don't actually make a lot of money after salary and operational costs. That is ignorant fan myth.

The next closest league to the NFL is the CFL with a 2.4 million dollar salary cap, and an average player salary of 50k per year. No one is asking for that, especially considering practice squad players in the NFL make $88,000 a year average. Or 38k more than CFL players.

I'm sorry I don't believe in Reagan economics, that money will not trickle down, it will sit in their bank account.

It actually does in far greater proportion than it should, in a healthy business model.

There is greed on both sides but the  owners take the cake.

Only if you are ignorant and not intelligent to review the actual facts of the matter.

If you are a billionaire you shouldn't be complaining about not making 'enough' money.

You realize many are only billionaires by net holding, not actual cash on hand correct, and their failing NFL franchise is the bulk of that billion? How many NFL owners do you see appear on the worlds most wealthy lists? Not many.

And yes you should, if your business is failing due to player salaries, if you were intelligent, and speaking from anything other than a position of ignorance, you might know these very basic concepts.

Its clear thats the case sense the owners don't want to open the books.  (Whether what they showed the NFLPA was the legitimate books or not is up for debate.)  I don't think enough can argue that the owners are in the red.  

They offered, the NFLPA declined, as desertification was always the intent, they tried to become partners with the NFL by claiming they would pay the billion owners asked for, when it's actually the owner's money to begin with. The NFLPA and the Players cash checks, they have never written checks. They, like you are misrepresenting the situation.

They are in the black and everyone knows it, they just want to make more money.

Again, you need a math class. And even a basic one would suffice.

I just think they should persue other avenues to accomplish that goal, instead of cutting player salary.  If 9 billion isn't enough then what is?

The owners don't see 9 billion a year. Do you understand that players are paid from that number of gross profit, the other are paid from it, the expenses come from it? Do you know the difference between gross and net profit?

You could not possibly be speaking from more of a position of ignorance, and you could not prove yourself less intelligent if you tried.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:45 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Can't say I feel too sorry for the "enslaved" Rashard "Chicken George" Mendenhall or Adrian "Spartacus" Peterson
. But what to do? We all make cosmically dumb boasts and say really stupid stuff when we are young. Time tends to bring on sporadic bouts wisdom and when it doesn't we can claim senility. Years from now these guys will realize and own up on how dumb they sound.  Foot in mouth 

Since: Apr 21, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:10 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

This is one of the best comments Ive heard yet. So true! How long will it take for Blacks to realize they arent being held down but they hold them selves down by making comments like these. No one owes you anything!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 3:50 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

classy response, I mean that.  Same sentiment as many other readers (myself included), but you manage to say it with out the disgusted angst that has crept into my writing when I deal with the absurdity of this idiotic situation and even more idiotic player comments/actions.  Thank you.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 3:46 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

@Mendenhall - do you REALLY think you know any words that the average person doesn't?  You are one tick about retard and you really want to pretend you're smarter than most of the general public.  the only academic challenge I see is having to count high enough to log all the spelling, grammatical and mis-used words there were in your tweet...

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 3:34 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Another example of just how much these players and owners are out of touch with their customer base.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 2:36 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

This is an insane comment and I agree with every post that comments how out of touch these idiots are with the real world.  IF YOU DON'T WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR WHAT THE OWNERS ARE WILLING TO PAY YOU, GO DO SOMETHING ELSE!!  If you were a slave you wouldn't have the option to just that, you'd be forced to play ball.  Now it just so happens that these owners (and we as fans indirectly) are willing to pay you gobs of money to play football, but if you don't want to play for less, I'm sure someone else would LOVE to do just that.  So if you feel like it's slavery, shuck that yoke NOW and be FREE!  Go enjoy your liberation and let me know how many employers get so excited over your phenominal 40 time and/or bench press and offer to pay you $300k+... Please, go ahead.  D O N K E Y S...

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 2:15 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Another person who proves how truely out of touch these athletes are with the real world. What an ignorant and offensive comment to make. I hope all players who feel this way speak up so we can know the way they really feel. It is definitely making me rethink why I devote my time, energy, and money to support people who think and act this this way.

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2011 2:11 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

irish people where slaves and u dont see no MC running around saying shit.. all black slaves had the chance to go back to africa. they stayed. Slaves were sold by there parents. i dont see adrians mom on stage on draft day. no slave ever made 1 million let a lone 10. when he goes to africa his agent should tell him ot check out some blood diamond mines. and think to himself is this what the nfl does?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:18 pm

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Mendenhall and AP need a serious reality check. There is NOTHING like slavery going on in the NFL, not even close. Mendenhall saying he would need to use big words most people couldn't understand to explain his views. Please, by all means, use them and show the world what a true idiot sounds like. I have traveled the world and seen REAL slavery and people control. Trust me on this, those people have never seen a $1,000,000 check in their lives. If you think the NFL tells you what to do and when to do it, you can always join the real world and see that the everyday guy has to do the same thing for alot less. I did not know who to side with in this mess but I am backing the owners now. Bring in Shane Falco, Tommy Maddox and HeHateMe. I will watch the SCABS play and be happy. Maybe the BOZ and H.Walker will play too. Anybody that makes over $100,000 a year better not complain about not getting enough. The players are only thinking about the players. Maybe the equipment guy and the maintenance guy need a bigger piece too. new motto: Fire the Brats and hire the SCBAS!!!

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