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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 11, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!  SLAVES COULDN'T JUST LEAVE THE PLANTATION.  THEY WERE BEATEN AND WORKED TO DEATH. AND WERE NOT PAID.  ADRIAN PETERSON MAKES $10 MILLION AND COULD LEAVE AT ANY TIME.  SO IT'S NOT THE SAME.  BUT THE SIMILARITIES ARE THAT THE BLACK PLAYERS ARE TREATED LIKE A PIECE OF PROPERTY BY THE WHITE OWNERS.  YES, IT'S A JOB AND THEY GET PAID, BUT SO DO WHITES AND IT'S DIFFERENT FOR THEM.  TIGER WOODS TALKED ABOUT HOW THE HEAD OF THE PGA DID SO MANY THINGS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL WITH THE WHITE GOLFERS, BUT BASICALLY IGNORED HIM, THE GREATEST GOLFER EVER.  LAUGHING AND JOKING WITH THE WHITE GUYS, BUT TO HIM IT WAS JUST ORDERS WHAT HE HAD TO DO.  EVEN THOUGH THEY MAKE MILLIONS, I CAN SEE HOW THEY FEEL LIKE SLAVES.  I KNOW SOME WHITE GUY WILL SAY, "GIVE ME $10 MILLION AND YOU CAN IGNORE ME."  IT GETS OLD REAL FAST AND AFTER A FEW YEARS, WHITEY WILL BE COMPLAINING TOO.  NO ONE WANTS TO BE TREATED LIKE THEY'RE BENEATH OTHERS. 

IN MY COMPANY, I DON'T GIVE WHITES PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT AND THEY HATE ME.  THEY TALK ABOUT HOW I'M SUPPOSED TO RESPECT THEM AND HOW THEY FEEL LIKE SLAVES.  YES, THEY GET PAID VERY WELL BUT THEY STILL COMPLAIN AND HATE ME.  I JUST WANT THEM TO DO THEIR JOBS, BUT I CAN SEE THEIR POINT OF VIEW.  ALL EMPLOYEES WANT THEIR BUTTS KISSED AND HATE THE RICH OWNER.

THIS IS ONE REASON LEBRON LEFT.  I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES THE OWNER TOOK LEBRON TO DINNER OR MET ON A PERSONAL LEVEL.  MY GUESS IS NEVER.  AND YES GILBERT CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS, BUT SO CAN LEBRON.  HE LEFT AND THE TEAM WILL GO BANKRUPT...



Since: Aug 25, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:13 pm
 

NFL Draft = Slave Auction?

gdtann1 ... your take on the NFL draft being similar to slaves being auctioned off on stage is off-the-wall hilarious!

What next? Are you going to do a compare and contrast with slavery and Sunday school? I mean, it is confined to one day of the week, right? Or how about slavery and airplanes? I mean, once you're in the air, you can't escape.

What about slavery and eating lumpy oatmeal? Your mother forced you to eat it, right?

Or maybe slavery and taking out the garbage? Nobody gets paid for doing that. Which means recycling must be a form of slavery too. Imagine that. Hold the phone. This whole "Be Kind to the Planet" thing is outright slavery!

Maybe you're onto something here, gdtann1. NOT. You're on some high-powered, hallucinatory medication.

But you ARE funny. Keep'em comin'.



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

I'm a die hard Steelers fan.  The Rooney's should cut this moron immediately.  He's incredibly stupid and he also cost us the super bowl with his fumble.  Choke artist!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

Nice!



Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

@toaistbs I agree with everything you have said in your post.  People who makes millions of dollars in a profession that they "CHOOSE" to be in should just sit down and be quiet.  There is no comparison between the NFL and slavery nor are they even parallels of each other.  If Mendenhall and Peterson really thinks that the NFL is slavery, they should just quit.  The reality is this, some of these "players" feel that they are bigger than the game that made them.  They now feel a sense of entitlement and think they can do and say whatever they want now. 



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:54 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

The NFLPA...or whatever it is now....should put a "no talk" policy in place except for a few chosen players (Those who were appointed union reps...when there was a union).

 

 

It is one thing to make a stupid statement, which both Mendenhall and Peterson have done (there is no parallel between slavery and the NFL.  If you do not want to work under the NFL/NFLPA agreements then choose another profession.   I am fairly certain that slaves, current and past, did not have much a choice) but to insult the fans by writing ""...that would take an amount of ideology [used in the wrong context] and big words that a lot of you wouldn't understand" only serves to undermine the players attempt to keep the fans on their side of the argument.




Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:31 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

I really enjoy watching these atheletes playing football.  The payers though are labor and not slaves.  Their profession may not give them many choices and puts them in harms way, but it does pay very well.  At any time they can quit their job and try a career utilizing their college or high school education like the rest of us.  There are other jobs in the US that also do not give workers many choices and put them in harms way.  I can think of one right away, miners.  I know miners working for big mines are not considered rich like these players nor do they live the high on the hog like these players.

I wish all of these players have long and fruitful careers, but I hope they soon will realize how well they have it.  Perspective is what they need!



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:23 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

HEY ,I KNOW LETS MAKE IT RAIN...THATS ANOTHER GOOD 1.....THROW 10THOUSAND DOLLAR BILLS IN THE AIR...LETS MAKE IT RAIN.....CLUELESS IDIOTS THAT HAVE A COLLEGE EDUCATION THAT OTHER PEOPLE TOOK THEIR TESTS FOR THEM.....YOUS ARE TO KOOLS FO ME...U KNOW WHOS U ARE....BUT IM A RACIST...F-IT...IF THE SHOES FIT...U MUST AQUIT



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:14 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

half these players could not hold a real job....hang out with their posse[what a fuking joke]and are broke from spending mony like the idiots they are.so what do they want more more more to spend on their womens and their posse and their 14 cars weese be real kool.....o yea,how bout dem 7 kids they have out of wedlock also.weese justa b toos kool fo u fools..then we feel sorry foe them.......FUCK-EM THEY MAKE ENOUGH...HOW BOUT HITTIN DEM BOOKS IN COLLEGE WHICH THEY ALSO GOT FOR NOTHING AND STILL COMPLAIN....POSSE THIS U FUCKING SPOILED DUM FUKS....FREE EDUCATION NOT ENOUGH  MILLIONS A YEAR NOT ENOUGH.....MAYBE ILL GO BUY A AUSTIN MARTIN OR A FUCKIN ROLLS ROYCE...PUT THE MONEY IN THE BANK U DUM FUKS



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:55 am
 

Mendenhall has Peterson's back on slavery claim

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.

- Check

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.

So basically he used a big word (in his mind that he did not understand.

Children didn't grow up wishing to become slaves. I get that he is whining about the possibility of being traded, but how many professions that no longer want your services actively attempt to place you with a rival company? There is nothing parallel about the NFL and slavery.

“Learn to LISTEN before you pass judgement. Because speaking without knowledge of subject is truly ignorant.


Like he is doing, his comparison 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.


And because he is a player, or employee, neither does he. He hears gripes of other peers, and sees the success other peers have compared to him, but he is not involved in the decision making process, because he is not a business man. He is labor.

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?

About as dumb as your being a player, and pretending to know the business side of the NFL, the management side. The side that makes the decisions that allows a "slave" to be in the 6 figure salary range at the very minimum.

Its bigger than what you people on the outside see on sundays, see on ESPN, read about in the paper.

Obviously. It's a business where almost everyone becomes wealthy, and in the case of players, even when they aren't actually good players.

Just like any job, any business anywhere. Really think about that.”

We have. We get it. But any complete moron that compares it to slavery most certainly does not get it, whether they can use "big words" or not.

I ask you to think about how a bus driving you from your McMansion to a stadium differs greatly from a slave ship delivering you into a life absent of choice, and a world without possesion are absolutely not parallel.

You should have paid more attention to course in your free college experience and actually learned something.


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